Hey there, Forest.
I know life may not be too easy now. I know you’re probably into things most of your friends are not. I know that your parents expect you to grow up and get a grip on life. Well, dear, I’m here to tell you: be yourself, there’s still lots of time!
Your friends will come, and will go. The ones that matter will stay. They will stick by you when you decide to stay home instead of going to the party because you’d rather watch a movie with your mom. They will try to understand that your style changed and you’re into rock nowadays. They will still invite you out, though. And you should try to go sometimes.
Time will come when you have to grow up. And grow up fast. It will be hard, painful, the world will be against you – at least in your eyes. But I’m telling you, my dear. Sometimes it’s for the better. Like mom says: we can’t be Peter Pan forever. There’s a moment in which we need to see the world as it is.
But hold on tight to your naiveté, to your ideals, to your morals. They will be with you, and part of you, forever. And you will grow up. And you will find that the world is a beautiful place – it’s so worth stepping out of your comfort zone to experience it! Do it! I’m telling you, go ahead!
You’ll meet wonderful people in this process. It won’t all be great, of course. You will find yourself living two lives – or at least trying to. It’s hard, dear. But good friends will always be there for you no matter how long since you’ve seen each other.
Don’t let anyone force you to grow up. We’re doing just fine today, trust me. Be yourself, my dear. Watch your animes, read your fantasy books, draw your manga. They will all take you to where you need to be in life. Enjoy being a kid; be silly, be adventurous, love people.
Be nice to your parents. I know we don’t always agree with mom’s rules, or dads teachings, but the 27/28 year old you is more like them then you ever imagined. They are doing an amazing job with you. They are trying really hard, so cut them some slack, ok? Try to listen and follow their advice – parents do know best.
I’m telling you, Forest. A lot will change – your country, your immediate friends, you. It’ll all come in due time. For now, keep telling your stories, keep adding your sound effects to it too! Keep wishing, keep hoping for that one person who will truly understand you.
You have a wonderful life ahead of you, dear.
* Forest was my nickname growing up. It was reserved for only our family. My stories were very elaborate, full of voices, sounds, acting, hand gestures. So my family always called Forest – like Forest Gump.