I follow a blog called Chatting at the Sky. The author of that blog, Emily Freeman, recently had a book released (gracefulthebook.com).
As part of that release, she wrote a letter to her teenage self and has asked others to do the same. So, I thought, why not?
It was harder than I thought, but here it is; a letter to teenage me.
Dear Me at 16:
Lighten up. People are going to tell you this your whole life and it will annoy you pretty much every time someone says it, but it’s true. You need to lighten up. I’m not saying never be serious, because seriousness has its place. But so does fun, and wackiness….just be a little bit goofy. So what if someone laughs, it might be because they actually think you’re funny. You’re future husband sure does.
And that’s another thing. You will get married to a wonderful guy you who loves you and makes you happy. I know things aren’t great now; not having a boyfriend in high school seems like a catastrophe. It’s not. I’m not trying to be harsh, but I am trying a little tough love, you could use it.
In a couple years you’re going to go to college. Don’t sell yourself short. If you want to go to a big name school, apply. Just see what happens. You might get in, but then again you might not. Maybe it will be expensive, but you’ll figure it out. And, find what you really want to do and do that. Don’t do something just because you know it will pay the bills. There’s more to life than paying the bills. Do something that will make you happy. Even if that means struggling to be a writer and having to work jobs that aren’t so much fun in the meantime. Stick to it.
Talk to your brother. He lives in Ann Arbor now and is only a couple of hours away. In a few years he’s going to move to Seattle and it will just be that much harder to build a relationship with him. Start now when he’s close enough you can go see him on your own. Take advantage of that and try to come out of your shell a little bit. He’s your brother, who cares what he thinks (or what his girlfriend thinks).
Oh, and one last thing, the clothes. I know you like to hide in baggy clothes bought in the men’s section, but just try something a little more feminine. You might be surprised at how it makes you feel (and look).
Things are rough right now, I know. But stick out it and things will get better. You will meet some great friends in college and at your job during college. Stay in touch with them. And when someone you sort of know asks you if want to go on a blind date with this guy who’s maybe related to your best friend’s husband’s sister’s boyfriend, go for it. You’ll be glad you did. But wear better shoes on your second date.
You at 32