1. Press Update!
We just got a nice note from a woman updating us on Bubby's new newspaper appearance. We weren't able to find it online, but we're happy to know that someone did!
I'm from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and I read about your blog in the newspaper. The name of the journalist who wrote the story is Sergio Maggi. Here is the link: www.oglobo.com.br.
2. Reader Update!
On November 16, 2005, we received a sad letter from a girl who wondered why she didn't have a boyfriend yet. Only 15 years old, she wondered if there was something wrong with her. Why was everyone else moving on with their lives, but she was left alone? Calling herself Pathetic, she wrote to Bubby, "I want to grow up, be my own person... But something is holding me back inside."
Instead of writing back to this young girl, Bubby recorded her advice to her. This audio post was the first of many that we posted a while back.
Today we thought we'd type up Bubby's advice to Miss Pathetic, and then follow up with her new update. If you'd like to listen along, you can download the mp3!
Hi Ms. Pathetic,
I really felt very sad when I read your tale of woe, because I don't think there's anything wrong with you. You're just feeling your age. And I'm sure there are plenty of young girls and boys that go to school and feel the same way that you do.
And as you get to be 16, and then 17... you'll think, "My, I certainly was a kid at 15!" And you'll gradually develop into a fine young woman.
Well, it took less than a year for our young writer to blossom after all! This month she wrote us a very touching update letter, and we'd like to share it with you today:
Hello again.... Miss Bubby,
I remember the day I sent you my email of desperation. How long ago that seems...my, I certainly was a kid at 15!
We always have the ability to surprise ourselves. And my oh my, have I changed. I remember the tale of the ugly duckling that grew into a beautiful swan. It's funny how much that applies to me.
I wish that all young girls/women out there would not waste time on feeling insecure and living up to the pressures of their social lives. Youth is being wasted. Embrace your inner strength, haha.
And guess what, I'm starting to think that maybe I was better off without having to worry about relationships! But even if you don't end up married, or in love, you can meet brilliant people by being confident and social.
So thank you,
Definitely Not Pathetic
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Wow, I wish I had had a revelation like that when I was that age. I think more young women (and some of us grownups ;)) would do well to read this and take her words to heart. I am delighted she is so happy and comfortable in herself- her strength gives me strength.
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