You have been a little stressed out lately. Actually a lot stressed out. You are such a smart kid, which can be both a blessing and a curse. The blessing part is obvious but the curse of being such a smart kid means that you tend to overthink everything. You run every possible scenario through your head, which means that you consider and worry about every possible worst-case-scenario as well. I know this because I was the same way. Dad would read this letter and say to me “What? You still ARE the same way!”
You may look just like Dad but so many aspects of your personality are all me. So let me give you some advice. After spending most of my adolescence stressed out about things didn’t deserve the time I spent worrying about them, I can confidently tell you that you just need to lighten up. Everyone worries about certain things. It’s only natural. But when that worry keeps you up at night, makes your stomach sick, or makes you feel like bursting into tears, then it’s time to take a deep breath and relax. If you spend too much energy stressing out about what might happen, you miss out on the good things that are going on all around you. You have been practicing some relaxation techniques, one of which involves listening to the waves on your sound machine and visualizing yourself at the beach. I love that at age 10, you already understand and utilize these types of tools.
It sounds cliché to say, but these are really the best times of your life. Don’t forget to take the time to enjoy being 10, Baby. And if you have to spend some time at the beach to get through the day, so be it. Maybe sometimes I can join you there.
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