When Victoria Johnson invited me to write a guest blog about what I would tell my 16-year-old self, I instantly had an image of being sixteen and looking at myself in the mirror--an image I kept dismissing. I had a template in my mind about what I should want to tell myself at that age--things about how it was possible to be a powerful woman, about how time would teach me to overcome the superficial. About relationships and what I should value. Of course I couldn't think of anything to say. And finally I did what I often do when I write--I surrendered to the obvious, the banal, to the what-first-came-to-mind-and-is-stupid. In other words--I began with the image of looking at myself in the mirror.
What followed was a deconstruction of everything I thought I should say. And Victoria was kind enough to keep it the way it was. It's up tomorrow on her site...
Many thanks, Victoria!
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