You are a teenager now and think you are so grown up and that you know everything! You can’t wait to move out and be an adult. Please slow down! Enjoy your youth it lasts for such a short time and life gets much more difficult as you grow up.
The things you take for granted; school clothes, vacations, personal needs, have been met by your parents to this point and you have no idea what it takes to earn enough money to take care of these things on your own.
You think having to go to school every day is a huge burden and you long for the day when you can just go to work, it will be so much easier (you think). Now that I have been in the workforce for 28 years I can promise you it is much more difficult than school and that doesn’t even consider trying to raise a family at the same time.
You can’t wait to have babies and a home of your own. You want to make your own rules and live the way you want to live. Sorry to tell you, babies grow up and become know-it-all teenagers and you will be the one trying to make them follow the rules. Not even a little bit fun!
Try to love yourself, you hate your body, your hair and your braces. Someday you will wish you could be as FAT as you are right now. Your hair will begin to thin and your pretty straight/white teeth will be the one thing that doesn’t age and sag!
Do not slather yourself in baby oil and spend the entire day in the sun. You think it is no big deal but it is a big deal when you are older and you get sun spots, wrinkling and have to worry about skin cancer.
Be adventurous without being careless. You think you are invincible now, but there is a price to pay for every decision. Sometimes the price is good and sometimes it is bad. Either way, you need to be aware of the consequences for everything you do.
The hardest truth…
There is no happily ever after, no knight on a white horse and no fairytale endings. Life is hard, you will have wonderful times and very difficult times. Be real with your expectations and you can live a happy life. Happy but not perfect.
Be kind, be considerate and try to make a difference in the world. One person truly can make a difference, never stop trying to be that one person.
44 year old me