Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Dear Fifteen-Year-Old Self

Dear Fifteen-Year-Old Self,
I tried to find a picture of you, but I couldn’t. Because you don’t have a digital camera yet. And all those film photos you’ve been taking? Yeah. They’re in a box at Mom and Dad’s house. Sorry.
There are a few things you should know about the future. Life seems pretty good to you right now. You’re having a great year at school, a successful basketball season, and becoming best friends with Dominique. You think that ten years from now you will be well settled in life. In a career you love, probably married, happy, successful, all that jazz…
I hate to burst your bubble, but, unfortunately, most of the time life just doesn’t go the way you think it will. So don’t be surprised when you’re twenty-five, single, paying off college loans, and still not 100% sure what you’re going to be when you grow up.
Some words of advice for you to remember:
- Don’t EVER touch the heated cigarette lighter in the van! It’s just not a good idea.
- Make sure you keep the pink velour pants. You’re still wearing them.
- Enjoy being bill-free while it lasts.
-You’re a pretty nice person…but remember to be loving to the people others like to pick on.
- Please write down (and keep) the recipe for those no-bake cookies you like to bring to school.
- Wear your seatbelt. One day it will save your life.
There’s more, to be sure, but I don’t want to overwhelm you. Just remember that there’s always a bright side around a dark corner, a friend to lean on, a prayer to pray.
Oh yeah. And you should probably unload the dishwasher more often…
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