July 18, 2013

Honoring Your Inner Tween

Confession:  I went to a New Kids concert over the weekend.  I know this may have you questioning my sanity, but bear with me here for a few minutes.  There must be some boy band or teen idol that captured your heart when you were twelve years old.  Whether it was Donny Osmond or Justin Beiber you loved, someday you will relate to the combination of zeal and embarrassment I feel admitting this to you.  (Unless you are one of the lucky ones who idolized N'Sync and have Justin Timberlake to prove your good taste and forward thinking.  Yes, I'm talking to you, sister!)

I went to the show with one of my oldest and dearest friends, a girl I've known for about 30 years.  The night was a flashback to the good old days when a cute boy with sweet dance moves was the most important thing on our minds.  We sang, danced and stayed up way past our bedtimes.  If you have never been in a stadium full of middle-aged ladies screaming for their teenage crush, check out the video below.  But be forewarned, you may want some ear plugs!



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As I drove home that night, even driving past the house where I grew up, I couldn't help but think about myself at age twelve.  What would that girl think of me now?  Did things turn out the way I imagined?  I spent the rest of the drive thinking what I could learn from the tween me.  Here are a few things that stood out for me:

1)  What did you think you wanted to do with your life when you were a preteen?  Are you doing it?  My dream was to be a fashion designer or write for a fashion magazine.  My day job certainly does not line up with that vision, and if you look at my Pinterest boards you will find I am more interested in interior design than fashion these days.  But I still have that urge to be creative and to write, and I am finally doing something about it here in this blog.  Maybe I can even take it a step further, looking for other opportunities to publish my writing.

2)  What made you happiest when you were young?  Does it still make you happy?  I always loved anything that gave me a feeling of adventure.  One of my favorite memories is exploring the vast orange groves with my friends at a local park, always thinking some great mystery would unfold just around the bend.  In retrospect, I was probably reading too many Nancy Drew books, but I still have that desire to find some great adventure.  I get this feeling when I travel, particularly in foreign countries.  I want to find a way to bring this excitement and anticipation to my everyday life.

3)  Listen to your mother.  Three things my mom always said stand out, and seem more important now than ever.  Get a good night's sleep.  Eat your vegetables.  Say your prayers.  Three steps to a healthier mind, body and soul.  Really, does it get any simpler than that? 

Next time you have a long drive home, or hear a song that reminds you of your preteen years, take a minute and remember the girl you were.  If she could speak to you, what would she say? 




6 comments:

  1. Well if I had listened to my inner tween I would be an architect designing house boats! Wow doesn't that still sound cool. Glad you had a good time at the concert. Sounds like it brought back some good memories. I also like your mom's advice - I think I will try following it for a change.

    Laurie
    www.haveteacupwilltravel.com

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    1. Hey, someone has to design house boats! Why not you?!

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  2. I heart Joey McIntyre.

    This is a great post. Isn't it a trip down memory lane when you listen to that music? It vividly brings back the emotions and the environment which you listened to that same song ages ago.

    I think the tween you would be proud of the "adult" you. Look at how hard you have worked for what you have. You have achieved a lot!

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    1. Thanks so much, Teri!

      I heart Joey McIntyre, too! And Jordan. Haha... yes, it really is crazy to how a song can take you back.

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  3. ...and another thing I used to say....you are a good writer. Keep writing and someday you will be a famous author.

    Mom

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    1. Thanks, Mom! I really appreciate the encouraging words!!

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