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Dear 16-Year-Old Me: Ariana Philips

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Dear 16-year-old me,

Life goes by fast, almost too fast. One minute you’re sitting in your biology class talking about school dances and in a blink of an eye you’re entering your senior year of college.  Although, every single minute seems to be going by painstakingly slow, it will be over soon, almost too soon.  The friends, the parties, the conversations, they will never be same as they are now.

The petty gossip, the drama, the silly fights will mean nothing years from now. Instead of focusing on the drama, focus on your family and your friends. The friends you make when your sixteen, the ones you meet in high school, the ones who know you from the very beginning, will in fact become your second family. They’ll become the people who you imagine to be in your make-believe bridal party, the ones who will still be there in old age. And while you always imagine your future, the people who you have depended on and trusted will most likely disappoint and hurt you. They won’t be there when you graduate from college or be there to celebrate holidays and birthdays. But all of this is part of the process of growing up, something a sixteen like you never understood. While you may feel like an adult, you’re a child, who has a lot of growing and learning to do.

You are straddling the line between adolescence and adulthood.  So, remember to have fun and relax, life is too short to take everything so seriously. This is a time for you to be care free, not scared of judgment and criticism because you will have to face that for the rest of your life. Remember to go out and spend as much time with your friends. The parties, the vacations, even getting food after school, those memories will last with you forever.

It is okay to be scared of change but don’t let it hold you back. Do not be afraid to take chances, to take risks, to never leave your comfort zone. Life is a constant battle of adjusting to the elements, the ultimate test of how graceful and poised people can survive life. Don’t be scared, change allows you to try new things, meet new people, and affect your life in ways you could not imagine.

This is only one chapter of your life and it will be over before you know it. So, don’t forget to have fun, to be more spontaneous, and to be courageous.




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This entry was posted on July 19, 2011 by in Happy Belle and tagged , , , .
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