Monday, June 18, 2018

Dear Younger Me

Now that I'm a stay-at-home mom (or mom-to-be), I really need to get into the habit of writing daily. To do this, I've created some drafts of entries with random topics. When I have nothing better to discuss, I will post one of these topics so that I have something to post each day.

What would you say to a younger version of yourself?

Dear Me,

If I could give you only two words of advice, it would be these... BE BRAVE. Life is too short to worry all of the time. I know it seems like the issues you are facing today are incredibly important, but in the long run, most of them don't even matter.

Don't care so much about what other people think. It will take you about fifteen more years to realize how awesome you are, but don't try to transform yourself into what you think others want you to be. Be yourself. Your true friends, and true love, will like you because of who you are and not who you are trying to be.

At 16 years old, you may think you have life figured out. I'm here to tell you it is much different than you ever expected or dreamed. You will not have good, steady boyfriend while in high school. You will not marry directly after high school graduation. You will not have your 2.5 children by the time you're 25. It's perfectly fine that these things don't happen. Your life has it's own pace and it's a good one.

Don't worry so much about your weight. You shouldn't feel the need to starve yourself to be thin. In recent years, a musician named Meghan Trainor wrote a song all about being plus-sized. Her lyrics say, "Yeah, my momma she told me don't worry about your size. She says, boys like a little more booty to hold at night." These lyrics couldn't be more true. While some guys are very superficial and care a great deal about your looks, the ones most important in your life don't. Your curves are great. You are great.

While you will have a lot of ups and downs in your life, while I'm writing this, your life is pretty awesome these days. You have a lot of great things going on so hang in there through the toughest of it. Everything you experience will lead you to where you are today.Your trials and tribulations help define you. This is something that is sometimes hard to fathom, but you need to try to remember that little fact.

Don't forget to tell your friends and loved ones how much they mean to you. Life is short sometimes and you will lose some people before you are ready. It's important to spend time with those you love because one day you won't be able to do so.

Following this advice might be difficult, but it's in your best interest. Life is wonderful. Experience it.

A More Mature You

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