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Danielle Brooks To Her Teenage Self: Your Stretch Marks Are ‘The Roadmap Of Your Strength’

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Danielle Brooks To Her Teenage Self: Your Stretch Marks Are ‘The Roadmap Of Your Strength’

“You are not an ordinary 15 year old, and that is okay.”

Danielle Brooks is full of amazing advice ― and she just shared a few pieces with the world.

The “Orange Is the New Black” star recently wrote a poignant essay for Refinery29 that details some of the advice she wishes she could give her 15-year-old self.

“A lot of blessings and disappointments will come your way this year, and in the years to come, but I want you to continue to practice patience,” Brooks wrote to her teenage self. “Let God write your story. It will always be brighter than you could ever dream ― so trust her.”

Published on Tuesday, the essay is a heartwarming message about the trials and tribulations so many teen girls face: fights with parents, high school crushes, learning to love your body and figuring out how to be comfortable and happy in your own skin.

“Love your stretch marks, Danie. They are the roadmap of your strength,” Brooks wrote for number 5 on the 11-point list.

Number six? Don’t cry too much when you’re not asked out to prom.

“One day that boy you had a crush on, you’ll run into him at the grocery store and discover he has three baby mamas and works at Verizon. Not even as a manager,” Brooks wrote. “And the other dude, you’ll realize he doesn’t…

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