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Monday, March 24, 2008


Dear 16 year old Samara,
You just had to take your drivers test on your birthday didn't you? Even against your mothers wishes to just wait a day or two. Give it a couple weeks, you can test again, and chances are you'll pass out of the sheer fact that it's not your birthday.

Your parents drive you crazy always having to know where you are going, when you'll be home and who you're going to be with. They do this because they love you, but you think it's to annoy you. Needless to say your friends are what is important right now. Realize that you will most likely not talk to a single one of these "BFF's" ten years from now, and you'll be just fine.

Be glad that your mom makes you save half of your paychecks from babysitting and working. She's teaching you how to save.

With love,
26 year old Samara

Dear 18 year old Samara,
You are counting down the end of high school and the road to college. You are determined to go live in the big city (Chicago).

The start of college will be hard. Realize you are all in the same boat, you are all new, you are all figuring out what a life of living on your own without parents is like.

You will not meet any decent guys in Chicago (though you will think otherwise) Don't bother even going out with them. It will only be a waste of your time, energy and feelings.

Maybe you could try to focus just a tad bit more on school work and less on socializing? I don't know, it's just a thought.

With love,
26 year old Samara

Dear 20 year old Samara,
This year you will make some big decisions. People will question you and at times make you feel like you are making the worst decision of your life. Don't listen to them. Moving back to Minnesota turns out to be one of the best things for you.

You'll meet someone. At a coffee shop. Very random. You'll want to run and you actually escape to Sweden less than 72 hours later. But this is going to be something good.

Enjoy Sweden wholly. Take more pictures.

Tell your parents you love them more.

With love,
26 year old Samara

Dear 21 year old Samara,
Things are getting serious with coffee shop man. Everyone under the sun will give you their opinion on this. Ignore them or get thicker skin.

Keep working hard in school but don't kill yourself doing it. Your GPA really won't matter even three years from now.

You will never regret graduating a semester early and starting a job the next day. You have made your parents very proud.

Don't be ashamed about the Spanish tutor. You'll end up passing the class while many around you won't.

Don't touch your savings, you'll be glad to have it later.

With love,
26 year old Samara

Dear 22 year old Samara,
You are about to get married. Not only are you getting a husband but you're so lucky you get two small children too.

Don't sweat the small stuff. They will break your things, ruin some of your nice clothes and use up your favorite shampoo. Is it really that big of a deal?

Later this year you'll buy a house and move far, far away from the city. You'll agonize about the fact that it is exactly 24 miles away from your parents. It all works out in the end and you still see your parents often.

With love,
26 year old Samara

Dear 23 year old Samara,
You are very busy at a job you're beginning to hate. You could care less about the raise and the travel, you feel unfulfilled and unappreciated.

You will end up quitting and then you'll end up bored. out. of. your. mind.

In your spare time you'll manage to get pregnant which adds a whole new dynamic to this whole 'figuring out what I want to be/do' dilemna.

You'll start a blog which will end up leading you to some interesting opportunities later, but you don't know that yet.

With love,
26 year old Samara

Dear 24 year old Samara,
In three weeks you'll become a mom to a baby boy. So stop reading this and go REST. Take more naps and sleep in as much as you can. You will never get this much time to yourself again. Take advantage of it.

You will feel overwhelmed when you are left with all three kids. You'll be fine. Don't worry about the house. Just enjoy this time.

You will have many moments of frustration about your body. Get over it. You should be proud of what your body has been able to do...carry a baby, deliver a baby, nourish and feed a baby. Do not be in such a hurry to look "normal", your body is forever changed and you are now a mom.

You will finally get published.

With love,
26 year old Samara

Dear 25 year old Samara,
This may be your most difficult year yet. Slow down. Don't worry. Make each day count.

You will spend many days driving to and from your parents house and at times whatever hospital your mom is in, don't worry about the kids being in the car too much. You are teaching them something very important and that is how to take care of ones loved ones.

Cry. As much as you want, whenever you want.

Let things go.

It doesn't feel like things will ever feel better, but they will in time.

Keep writing. Not only is it good for your soul but you're getting more and more contacts and more and more things published here and there. It's random but you enjoy it and that's what is important.

Stop caring what anybody else thinks.

With love,
26 year old Samara


Blogger stacey said...

I love you.

March 24, 2008 at 10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Sweetie..

26 year old Samara.:)

You are such an inspiration to everyone in your life,
I'm a very proud Aunt to have such a blessed gift in my life.

I remember the day you went for your driving test.. :)I also remember the first accident.... HA-HA.

If only we could write letter to ourselves to warn us abut the future, I would be writing a big fat book...
Have a Very HAPPY Birthday.

Love You
Auntie Laurie

March 24, 2008 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Jed and Anne said...


I love your words and your reflections back to your former-aged self. When we look back, it can be very powerful to see exactly where it is that we came from.

I hope that you have a wonderful birthday today! I love you!


March 24, 2008 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Jill Davis Doughtie said...

Happy birthday 26 year old Samara!

March 24, 2008 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Happy Happy Birthday today! It has been such a pleasure getting to know you more. Let's get together soon.

March 24, 2008 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger The Lindahl News said...

Once again, you nailed what it is to be the special person you are!
The way you look at and write about your life is truly have been given a great gift and I think you are only beginning to realize the power of brain/pen/keyboard.

All the best to you, birthday girl!

March 24, 2008 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger The Bishop's said...

Happy, happy birthday Samara! I am thankful for the friendship we are developing - you are a wonderful person! As everyone else has said, your creative side is a gift!! Enjoy your day!!

March 24, 2008 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Dear 26 year-old Samara,
Happiest of birthdays to you. I'm so glad we've become friends in the last few years. You are such a gift, a source, of laughter, a caring soul. I hope this next year brings you much joy and great adventure, and of course, lessons learned to share with your younger self for years to come. :)

March 24, 2008 at 2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I hope you have a great day and night! Talk to you soon.



March 24, 2008 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger audrey said...

Happy Birthday, Samara! I hope that 26 is a wonderful year for you. Wishing you many birthday blessings.

March 24, 2008 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger Megasue said...

My dearest Simplicity, I just don't know what I would do without you. So blessed to have known you for 8 of your wonderful 26 years. Can't wait until the day when it seems that we've been friends for the majority of our lives. I love your words, your heart and your life. Thanks for sharing with all of us, and here's to you on this special day!

March 24, 2008 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger ses said...

Happy Birthday Muppet Twin! Keep on writing!

March 24, 2008 at 10:03 PM  
Anonymous linda said...

That was a wonderful post! Of all the things we wish we knew then, and how I wished I would have listened to my parents more. I have been thinking myself, if I were to write a letter to myself in highschool, what I would say. So this was very enjoyable! Happy birthday, and again, thank you so much for your writings, they really make my day!

March 25, 2008 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Coma Girl said...

Love it!

Gosh, I can't believe how young you are ;)

March 25, 2008 at 3:54 PM  
Anonymous susiej said...

Happy Birthday... This is a beautiful gift.

March 26, 2008 at 1:35 PM  

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