30 day blog challenge

10 Things I Would Tell My 16 Year Old Self…

Blog challenge #4

1. Stop worrying about what others think. Just be you.

2. You will have friends again. Ones that laugh with you, not at you. That stick by you through the hard stuff. That visit you because you are sick and lonely, not just for an excuse to skip a class. You will have friends that get that you can’t do all the same stuff they do. That your energy is limited, your awake time precious, and because life makes you prioritize from a different perspective, you are probably going to have to bail on a whole lot of awesome experiences and plans at the last minute with little warning. Your friends will understand this.

3. Some day soon there will be days without acne, not all of the days, but most of the days. Except when you have kids then it will be kind of like going through puberty again, with all the mood swings, hormones, and acne, but way way way less sleeping in. Ok. There will be no sleeping in. Except accidental the kids were up all night and I slept through my alarm clock sleep.

4. You will have an opportunity to live. You will find the balance and even though you feel like sleeping for 70% of the day, you will instead wake for 70%. You will be a mess by the end of each day because of this, but you will have done so much more than you ever imagined possible.

5. Laugh. Frequently and often. Laugh lines are wrinkles to be proud of.

6. Do all of the things you are afraid of, because tackling fear means getting out there and seeing more.

7. Listen to your parents. Most of the time they are right (except when they are not).

8. Learn to let go.

9. Spend time with family. Cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents, and extended family you aren’t even sure you know. The bigger the circle, the bigger the village, the stronger the support network and the better off you will be.

10. Rare steak is awesome. If you are going to be a vegetarian do it for the animals. If not, try rare steak now, so you don’t miss out on 10 years of deliciousness.

And a bonus…

Let people take your photograph. Mostly so when your dad teases you about how you dressed as a teenager and your second hand “treasures” you have evidence to remind you of whether your attire was as ridiculous as he describes it. Your brain will say your collection of polyester pant suits from the early 70s was awesome, but your dad will disagree, and without photographic evidence how will you know for sure?

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