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Just Pieces of a Whole (Katia)

Posted by Alyssa.fenix on July 8, 2014 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Katia,

You are beautiful just the way you are, Katia, and you are not alone. These feelings you are feeling are not unique.

There are so many others like you who are seeking, who are looking to find our purpose, and who are looking for acceptance. There is an energy force out there, taking care of us, giving us what we need, even as we feel alone. The best part is that this force is within you too. If you open your heart, you will feel it, and you will know the peace and Lov...

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Take a Step off the Island You Created For Yourself (Anonymous)

Posted by Alyssa.fenix on July 8, 2014 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear self,

 

Be patient. I know you want to get out of the middle of nowhere and be anywhere else, but just try to trust that you will and make the best of where you are in the meantime.

 

Don't mistake teen angst for a desire to quit the basketball team senior year, because you were the captain, and you worked hard to get there, and people were counting on you. No one was forcing you to do anything you hadn't already willingly given up so much to...

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Find Your Faith in the Universe (Alyssa)

Posted by Alyssa.fenix on July 8, 2014 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Alyssa,

I am pleased to inform you, that you, Alyssa, do get through it. I know that right now, you’re teetering on the brink of understanding how temporary all of this is, but just in case, something throws you off balance the wrong way, I want you to see that first and foremost, you get through it and good does come out of it, and I’ll give you a couple sneak peaks in a few minutes, just bare with me.

The scars go away one day, you...

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Be the Woman You Meant to Be (Suzanne)

Posted by Alyssa.fenix on July 8, 2014 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear College Suzanne,

Soon, your good lesbian friends will take you to a lesbian bar, and one of their friends will look you straight in the eye and tell you that you’re gay. This will be your turning point and everything will change! It will validate all the hours spent agonizing over what the hell all these feelings are and what they mean for you. Despite what you’ve been brought up to believe, you will not be struck down because of who you are! However, yo...

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There is Always Room For Gratitude (Till)

Posted by Alyssa.fenix on July 8, 2014 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

If I knew then what I knew now, I can’t say that I would have the privilege of having the same journey. I can say that there might have been fewer struggles and a lot less depression. I can say that I see the way the world has been changing and it’s beautiful to watch but at the same time so disheartening that only a few short years ago, we were still denied such basic rights. And so it begins, my letter of reflection to myself

 

To Whom It May Conce...

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Respect Yourself (Dean)

Posted by Alyssa.fenix on July 8, 2014 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Dean Kole Robbins

 

I grew up in a small town, where everyone knows everyone in mid-Michigan. Never wanted for anything and if there was something I wanted, Mom usually got it for me. My mom told me even when I was very little I was fussy about being put in girl clothes that I preferred a white t shirt and diaper or no shirt and diaper than wearing the outfits she picked out.

 

In the Oct of 1979, two things changed for me; I had chicken pox so...

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Love who you want to Love (Heather)

Posted by Alyssa.fenix on July 8, 2014 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear 19 year old Heather,

August 2003 will introduce you to someone who will change your life forever, you will meet one of your dearest friends this year; someone you will still know and love in ten years. Your best friend from college will be a gay man who has known for years that he loved other men and while you know what the term homosexual means, you don’t know how much it will mean to you. Through your best friend you’ll be introduced to the LGBTQQIA comm...

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Calm Down (Shannon)

Posted by Alyssa.fenix on July 8, 2014 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Spastic Past Me,

Hey there! This is the part of the letter where I'm not really sure what to say, getting started is the most uncomfortable part. I am here to talk to you about your current state and what you are going through. To be honest I often find myself thinking about you. Most of those thoughts end in me face palming myself and thinking ""what was I thinking"", but right now I want to talk to you about what you just went through.

So, you just came out, eh?...

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Be Authentic (Anonymous)

Posted by Alyssa.fenix on July 8, 2014 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear teenage me,

It sounds silly and too simple, but it really does get better and it (as in your life) works out. Be you. Be authentic. Be who you know yourself to be. Don't be afraid. Ignore stereotypes and push through labels--don't let others and there presumptions and false perceptions define who you are. Although it seems where you are and where you live (rural/suburban Ohio), that it is ""wrong"" to be attracted to women, that's not the case everywhere. Although you pu...

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Celebrate Your Uniqueness (Kris)

Posted by Alyssa.fenix on July 8, 2014 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Letter to my 15 year old self:

 

You are a special young lady. Celebrate your uniqueness...don't follow the crowd. That means respect your body and don't give it away to boys just to fit in. You can't take it back. Wait to have sex with someone who means something to you, preferably with the gender that you are attracted to. What I'm saying is, if I knew then what I know now, I would wait until I graduated from high school. I would get to know myself and take my ti...

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