Be Happy, Feel Beautiful
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Dear 16-year-old me,
Look around and be content with the present. Take it in and savor the moment. Every little detail! Make the most of every opportunity. Every experience enhances your life. Life is beautiful, but remember that it is messy too. It is a beautiful mess. Embrace who you are and don’t let anyone taint your strong character. Be bold and chase after every goal you set. You might not realize it now, but your strength will lead to your success in the next few years and throughout your life. Hold on to it.
Enjoy your high school years. Don’t wish for the college years to come too soon and don’t spend time missing childhood. Life is so much better in the present. You will miss the security of these years. Family is close by and friends are with you throughout the school day. No other time in your life will be like this. Go to all of the football games, cherish your best friends and enjoy the minimal homework load (ha ha!). Life will become more complex in positive ways. Appreciate the individuality of the moment you are in.
Don’t get caught up in what others think of you. It might be hard to realize now, but in a few years you will completely understand. Be free and be you. Most people don’t care what you are doing or what your opinions are so it is best to live for yourself. Don’t waste any time altering yourself for others. Be real. In a few years, most of the minute high school details will be forgotten but your character will be with you forever.
Don’t hold back on love, but know that you will fall in and out of love many times in the coming years. Boys will come and go and love will prevail. If your heart gets broken, remember that time will mend it with stronger ties. Make sure that you give your love to someone who returns it to you equally. You are worth it. Find someone who deserves your kind spirit and reciprocates this.
Invest time in your family. As you get older, your family will become a larger part of your life. Physical distance from your parents and brothers will increase in college, but emotional distance will lessen. You don’t have many more years where your entire family will be under one roof. Take advantage of this. Hang out with your brothers on the lazy Sunday afternoons and spend time connecting with them. You are forming a connection that will stand the test of distance and time. It won’t always be this easy to see your brothers, so strengthen the bond now so it can withstand obstacles later. Appreciate what your mom and dad do for you because they love you more than anything. Family will be your rock throughout life and this will become more apparent in your quickly approaching college years.
Don’t be scared of the future. It holds many possibilities and accomplished goals. It won’t unfold as you imagined, but that is what makes life such a beautiful mess. How fun would it be if you could predict everything? Be flexible and build yourself from every experience. You have so much potential and energy to share with the world, don’t ever let your eager spirit slip away.