Dear Little Amanda,

You are going to be okay. You are entering a whole new world as you create your very first MSN account, and trust me its okay. I understand this is the cool thing to do right now but don’t get too caught up because trust me the online world only gets deeper. MSN display pictures, video chats with boys, status updates, all of it. This is about to determine your social status as if it matters. MSN was like a chat room for the whole school, after school. And it is okay because I remember how much I loved using MSN, it kept me connected to all of my friends since cellphones were not really a thing, yet. This is the easy part of it all; so don’t get so caught up. Next up is Facebook.

Ahhhhh Facebook this was the absolute coolest account to have back in elementary school, trust me I get it, better yet I’ve lived it already. And trust me I have looked into your posts and pictures from back in the day and my god … Amanda along with Amanda’s little friends, Facebook is not a diary everyone can see everything you say and once you post something you are no longer the owner of that post, Facebook is. Scary I know but trust me it’s okay. You do not need to be scared of the online world; you just need to be cautious of what you put out there. Please be careful because reading my old posts makes me cringe.

I got to admit opening Facebook up is like opening a time capsizal; seeing all the old pictures and how much everything has changed since then is always nice to look back on. I remember when the only reason I would be excited for school was for recess. Enjoy recess young one because it is truly a blessed, yes even in the winter.

Recess is all about bringing out your camera and having a photo shoot with all your friends, then a must have editing session on picnic (editing website), only to publish those cheesy edits to an album called “school with friendz” on Facebook oh the joy. By the way as much as future Amanda loves going back and seeing what terrible things she thought was cool, she now has to take down most of the pictures because social media has become a huge thing that schools, jobs and really anything check up on.

Don’t get so caught up in what looks cool and what doesn’t because I’m telling you that it will not matter. Create memories, have fun, and just be you. You don’t need to try and impress this online world because I’m telling you it’s not worth it. Learn to impress no one but yourself. You don’t need to worry about the online world yet, at least not at such a young age. Learning how to use it properly is what’s important. Keep you accounts private and post the minimum, no one needs to know what you’re doing at all hours of the day. Just remember that everything is going to be okay, and I love you.

You did good kid.