Dear 12 year old self,
Before you ask me when you'll look like Britney Spears and get that boy to ask you out....I've got to tell you something important. Yes....shockingly enough there are more important things than boys asking you out. I promise.
First: don't worry about looking like Britney Spears ok? In 2007 she'll be worse off than you have ever been in your life. The grass always looks greener on the other side (plus she's not even WITH Justin Timberlake anymore...and no you aren't either...but that's some bad news for another day). You don't have to look like what you think is beautiful to be beautiful. Don't worry about being blonde and thin and the most gorgeous girl in every room. That won't happen but I promise you that in the end when you finally learn to love and accept yourself you will always be the most confident girl in the room and that's more important than temporary and shallow beauty anyway....it really is. Love yourself for what makes you different. All that time you spend doing things that seem weird to others will someday be what helps you have intelligent conversations with people. You can be funny but also be smart because you have to be smart to get the joke.
Be kind. Be loving. These things don't make you a nerd. They make you empathetic. They make you a good friend.
Second: Show gratitude always. Especially to Mom and Dad. Yeah they're like sooooo annoying but it's only because they love you and sometimes you're a pain in the you know what (you're 12 so I'm still gonna keep this PG). No matter how mean you are they will not stop loving you. They will support you later when you need it. Someday you'll live far away from them and you'll miss them so much you cry every night. They will need you to love and support them through some really hard times so show them how grateful you are for everything they've done for you by trying to repay them.
Third: Forgive. Forgive everyone. People will hurt you in some very bad ways....you'll get through it. If you don't forgive them you will become bitter and you'll only end up hurting yourself. So forgive generously.
Last: Don't let people push you around. Figuring out how to be kind, loving, and forgiving while also not taking crap from anyone will be a balance that you may never figure out but keep trying.
And if all of that fails.....just pretend you're Beyonce and you'll be just fine.