Thursday, August 5, 2010

Word from the Wise (ha!)

I know my post is a few days late, but I didn't want to miss out on this week's topic!

Dear 16-year-old me (SYOM):
Haven't seen you in a while! Boy, do I have some stories to tell you... So look, I know you're not really into taking advice from an old lady at this point (since you're so smart and grown-up and all), but I'm going to give you some pointers anyway.

Your parents are smarter than you think, especially your mom. Their rules aren't as ridiculous as they seem, and they're not trying to cramp your style. They just want you to be safe. Spend some more quality time with them; they miss you.

Don't drive so fast through your neighborhood. It's rude and scary to people who have little kids. In fact, just don't drive so fast, period.

Those crazy friends you've made, they're forever. Well done, SYOM, well done.

Over the next few years, especially when you're in college, don't spend your summers working really hard at not working too hard. Does that make sense? That restaurant hostess job isn't going anywhere. Instead, look for interesting internships and learning experiences that might help you figure out what kind of career you might really enjoy, even if it means you can't spend as much time with __________ (insert name of guy here).

About that guy, and the others, you don't have to get so serious! It's OK to have some space! When the right one comes along, you won't have to force it.

Moving to Mississippi next year is going to seem exciting, then scary, then a little lonely. Do it anyway; it's the right thing and it will be great!

Keep up with those journals! Write more! You will love reading them and reminiscing.

Overall, SYOM, you're doing OK. You've got some tough times ahead, but some super-terrific times also. The important thing is, you'll learn from them all. Roll with the punches. Remember who you are and Whose you are. Your hair looks great, by the way.

Your future self,


  1. I really love SYO YOU!! Miss ya girl! Hope you and your boys are doing great!!!

  2. Hahaha!! Love it, E! I didn't ever see this post somehow?! You're a funny girl, and I think you're spot on with your letter. :)