16 Things I Wish I Could Tell My 16 Year Old Self

16 Things I Wish I Could Tell My 16 Year Old Self

 

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This weekend my husband and I went to his 10 year high school reunion. This got me to thinking about myself in high school. All the hopes, all the fears. The choices, good and incredibly stupid alike. And it made me realize there are definitely 16 things I wish I could tell my 16 year old self.

And here they are:

  1. …good lord girl, learn SOMETHING about money. How to save it, how to budget it… anything!! It’s fairly useful information…
  2. …when dad tells you that you can tell him anything because he’s your best friend. Believe him. You won’t have many friendships like that in your life…
  3. …don’t quit the diving team. You love it. You are good at it. Just because you keep diving, it doesn’t mean you need to get a scholarship to a state school and stay in Connecticut for the rest of your life. And I promise you, someday you are REALLY going to miss it (and let’s be realistic, you won’t be able to flip and spin like that forever)…
  4. …write as much as you can, as often as you can. It might not mean anything to anyone else, but you will really enjoy reading it as you get older…
  5. …spend WAY more time with your grandparents. They aren’t going to be here as long as you think. And my God you will miss them…
  6. …date that hot a-hole kid. I know what you’re thinking… You thought I would tell you not to. Well… come on… look at him! BUT I will tell you this… don’t be so devastated when he breaks your heart… you saw it coming…
  7. …but give the nice kid a chance too. You know, the one who wants to take you on an ACTUAL date. It might help you learn more quickly how you deserve to be treated as you grow older…
  8. …STOP telling your brother that church is a cult. He’s impressionable. That ish will stick…
  9. …DO NOT get your tongue pierced. Not because of what people will think… or the statement it makes. None of that really matters in the long run. But because, you have nice teeth and you are going to mess them up. Seriously. In 15 years you are going to be trying to figure out how to swing the cost of veneers. You don’t need the tongue ring…
  10. …STOP SHAVING YOUR EYEBROWS. You look like a fricken weirdo. And NO, those thin lines you draw on everyday with an eyeliner pencil do not “basically look the same”…
  11. …wear your bathing suit EVERY chance you get. You’ll never again be as fit as you are now. It’s ok, but why not enjoy it while you can…
  12. …PUT DOWN the man-made mind-altering substances… It’s honestly just a roll of the dice. It might have turned out ok, but you just got lucky. In the years to come many people you know won’t be as lucky and it’s just not worth the gamble…
  13. …in the same respect. Stop doing things because “everyone else is doing them”. Everyone else is NOT doing them, just that small group of people you hang out with. BRANCH OUT…
  14. …reach out to your middle school friends. You really DO NOT need to be the rebel without a cause. They helped to shape the best parts of who you are and someday you will realize that…
  15. …when people tell you and your parents that you will never get paid to draw. DO. NOT. LISTEN…
  16. …and finally… Eat EVERYTHING. That’s it. Just. Eat. Everything.
XOXO
Your 30 year old self..
And just for the fun of it, here are some pictures of my husband and I in high school and at both of our reunions…
Nathan in Highschool

Hilarious pictures of myself from High School:

Nathan’s Reunion:

And last but not least, My Reunion:



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