Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What I Would Say To Younger Me

Dear younger self.  I have a few things to say to you.  You might not want to hear it but it's got to be said.  In no particular order, here goes:

 - Stop worrying what everyone thinks about you.  Eventually you'll realize that they aren't really important.  What's more important is loving yourself.  Cliche, I know, but it's so true.

 - Don't let the relationship between you and your Grandma dwindle.  She really doesn't have much longer and you're going to regret not getting to know her better.  I know she talks A LOT and sometimes you just can't handle it.  I promise, it will be worth your time.

 - In early 2003, on February 12th, sometime around midnight, you need to be online in a chat room on Yahoo!.  Yea, seriously, I know it sounds stupid but just do it.  Oh, and when a guy with the name biggluver23 (yes it's cheesy but trust me you'll want to remember it) asks to chat, DO IT.  You'll marry that boy someday.

 - Don't pick up smoking.  Just don't.

 - When you drink, be careful.  Especially on New Years.  Oh, and your 23rd Birthday.  You wouldn't want to ruin anything by throwing up all over it.

 - Never, and I mean never, feel like you've got to impress anyone.  When you're working at McDonalds, and you're feeling a lit fat, don't you dare stick your fingers down your throat and make yourself throw up.  I know it seems like the easy way out but it's only going to make things worse.  You'll never be able to forgive yourself for putting your body through such torture.  If you want thin hair, brittle teeth, and all over poorer health, go ahead, do it.  OK, no, don't do it.

 -  When your husband tells you he wants a dog, make sure the first one is a boy.  Also, make sure you assert the fact that you don't like little dogs.  Yea, you're happy with the dogs you have, and you love them dearly, but one of them has diabetes and it's quite a pain in the butt to deal with.

 -  I promise, Grandpa will be OK.  It's a slim chance but I can guarantee you that he's going to be fine.  He might not be the same but he's going to make it.

 - Take, at least, one photography class somewhere during those school years.  You're going to regret not knowing how to work that awesome camera you eventually have.

 - In 2008 you're going to get an offer to move into a house.  It's going to come from a family member.  DON'T TAKE THE OFFER!!  It's only going to ruin your relationship with that family member.  

 - Make sure you grow your relationship with all of your family.  It's going to be invaluable in your later years.  You may not want to hang around them but please do.

 - Don't give up on school.  Not High School, you do really well there.  I'm talking about college.  No matter what you start to think, and no matter how much the people who work at the college upset you, you'll regret not finishing.  I know, right now, the school you're thinking about going to isn't offering what you think you want to be when you grow up but  wait a little bit.  They will, eventually.

 - Also, UVSC isn't for you.  Don't apply, don't pretend, don't go.  That's all I'm saying.

 Gosh, I know there's more I want to say to you but digest this first.  We'll talk again soon.

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