100 Monologues is a project where I’m writing monologue scripts, performing, and filming the pieces. Since I’m beginning to dabble in acting, the project is meant as a means for me to acquire more acting experience where I can work on refining my craft. You can find out more about the project here.
Below is the script from “What I’d Tell My Younger Self” monologue. The script isn’t exact to my performance above, but my performance is based on it. If you’re a student who would like to perform this monologue for class, just make sure you credit me, Maggie Coyle, as the author. For any other use of the script, please contact me.
100 Monologues: #13 What I’d Tell My Younger Self
If I could talk to my younger self from about ten years ago, I’d tell myself not to worry so much. Don’t focus so much time and energy on what others think of you. You won’t see most of those people later in life anyway, why do you care now? It might seem like every interaction you have with your classmates is the most important thing ever. But years later the drama won’t matter anymore.
You know, you need to stop worrying about your appearance. And enough with the self loathing! There’s too much hate in this world and there’s no need to add to it by hating yourself too.
And another thing, stop trying to be such a perfectionist with your school work. I’m sure life right now just seems like one pop quiz after another. There’s more to life than final exams and midterms. You should explore other things. It’s great that you have your nose buried in the books, but it’s good to step back every once in a while and see what else life has to offer. And instead of thinking “one day I’ll grow up to be this or that,” you should actively act like that’s already your career. That way you’ll figure out if you get tired of it sooner rather than later.
You need to speak your mind more – even if what you have to say isn’t well thought out or intelligent. You’ll learn from your mistakes and if you never make mistakes, you’ll never learn or grow.
And lastly, love yourself. I know it sounds like a cliché but you need to love your awkward self. Stop being friends with anyone who makes you feel ugly – they’re not worth it. Feel comfortable about the skin you’re in and accept everything that makes you who you are.