Don’t Give up, you got this.

This image shows/represents the past and future. It’s basically about me growing from my past and looking towards the future.

Dear past Dejah, 

I have so much to tell you and warn you about. It’s me…well you from the future. I know this has been a very hard few months for you,  losing your confidence, losing friends and family to who knows what, thinking you need to fit in, and with Covid-19 stopping you from going to school. I just wanted to come and let you know that you are perfect the way you are. No one will ever be able to change you if you don’t let them. You deserve everything that will come to you very soon, keep pushing for what you want. You have an extremely bad habit of doubting yourself and letting minor setbacks cause a huge breakdown for you. I want you to know that it is ok to fail, but only because you are then able to set a new goal and continue trying to reach it. You are smart, driven, kind, and a beautiful person. I know that sometimes it may be hard to believe and you may think I’m just trying to tell you what to do but I genuinely want the best for you. Be the best version of you and stand up for what you believe in, don’t let anyone prevent you from voicing your opinion. Now, onto losing relationships between your friends and family. Everything will be ok, everything happens for a reason. It is important for you to remember this for now and throughout your high school journey. You will meet new friends who will push you to become a better person and who want nothing but the best from you and you will do the same for them.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO FIT IN. You are unique and special in your own way. Only by being yourself will you find what you are looking for. You have to take time and get to know yourself again so that when the time comes your friends love you for who you truly are. I know that you will become everything and more. I know Covid-19 has slowed everything down and you are forced to adapt to new expectations but you will get through it and become a pro at handling what you need to do. You have this in the bag and I can’t wait to see you in your cap and gown. JK it’s me I know what we looked like and when I tell you we were cute I mean it. But, it will get better and we will get past this event. And soon hopefully sometime next year we will be back in the school building but I love you and sincerely hope you take my advice.

Forever and Always,

Dejah Smith-DMSF Scholar- Fenwick High School