Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A Letter to 16 Year Old Me

Dear 16 year old Stephanie:

There are a few things you need to know, sassy pants. And while you think you have it all figured out, you don't. But the mistakes you will make and the lessons you learn are going to make you strong, independent and such a mature teenager and woman.

But until you get to the point of where life is exactly how and where you want it, there are a few pieces of advice you need to know. Trust me on this. You really really need to keep a few things in mind.

Education is everything. Buckle down and keep your nose buried in your books. You can never know everything so just keep soaking up every piece of knowledge that comes your way.

Making friends is important. But being a good friend is far more valuable. Put yourself in others' shoes and try to understand where they have been and why they feel the way they do. Cherish these friendships with all you have.

Boys are dumb. Stupid really. You have all the time in the world to "fall in love" and "find the one". Forget them and focus on yourself. Other than your Mom and the man you one day marry, no one loves you more than yourself. 

Don't place too much value on materialistic items. They are just things. They can be lost or broken, replaced and upgraded. Making memories with family and friends are priceless. Nothing can replace those. Live your life to the absolute fullest. I promise you, you'll never regret it. 

Travel. Never pass up the chance to discover a new place. Seeing the country and world will shape you, add character and create stories to share and cherish for years to come.

I could go on and on with more words of wisdom. Life is a strange but beautiful ride and you'll do wonderful with what God has blessed you with. One day, you'll look back on yourself at 16 and truly wonder what the Hell you were thinking? Because that's life. You live and you learn. And as always, the hiccups and experiences from your youth will shape you as an adult. And for a little insight... you're a pretty fabulous grownup. 

Wishing I knew then...
Older, wiser, happier Stephanie

At 16, I thought I had it figured out. The same goes for me 15 years later. But the truth is, anything can happen. But it's about living life to the fullest, knowing with every experience, you are shaping who you will be in the years to come.
What is one piece of advice you'd give your 16 year old self? 

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6 comments:

  1. I'd totally echo the boys are dumb thing. Wasted too much darn time on them in high school!

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    1. Sometimes, even know... boys are still dumb ;)

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  2. I love this! I a was a rebel at 16, thinking I could do anything I wanted to do.. Boys are super dumb, lol. Knowing what I know now, I would of been a lot less crazy and enjoyed life more..

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    1. Isn't it funny how much we learn over time? I mean seriously.. I thought I had it all figured out. Boy was I wrong!

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  3. I love reading these. I did one for myself a while back. It's crazy how much you think you know, and looking back you're like, "honey, you had no idea."
    If I could tell myself one thing it would probably be to enjoy it all a little more. Not that I didn't. But, I was constantly wishing I was older, wishing I was graduated, wishing I was "out of here." Now, I look back and realize how great it all was.

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    1. Growing up, I couldn't wait to be an adult. Now... I just want to eat cookies in my jammies and take naps... #truth.

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