You're Sixteen Years Old and I've got a few things to say but I will keep it somewhat short. Let's just start off being blunt & obvious. You are not the center of the universe. Shocking, right? As a teenager, you believe that every single little bit of drama is life altering. But, it's not, so get over it. Yes it is true that everything that happens in your life "shapes" you into the person you will one day become, but what really matters, is how you view yourself. I wish you wouldn't have gotten so wrapped up in the need to "fit in" because the truth is, you probably never will. But what you need to realize, is that it's OK to do your own thing, follow your own passions & dreams.
I wish I could go back in time, and tell you that you are worth much more than the way people treated you. People in High School are caddy and build themselves up by knocking others' down, and you certainly spent your share of time on the floor. But you know what? You dished it out sometimes, and for that, I'm ashamed of you. I know, I know, that's what teenage girls do, but that is not an excuse! Respecting your classmates, your teachers, your friends, and yes... even your enemies, is what makes you classy. Not the fact that you were "cool enough" to make it onto the Dance/Drill Team. Because you weren't that cool, sorry to break it to you.
But while we're on the topic, here's another thing. Quitting your competitive dance team your Junior year to join the High School Drill Team was probably the biggest mistake you made in your teenage years. Making that choice, led you to completely derail. Your academics, your self worth, and your potential, all suffered greatly because of it. You spent too much time being caught up in things that ultimately will never matter in your life, rather than paying attention to important stuff. I won't dwell too much on this, but girl, that was a dumb decision because you loved dancing so much, and were a much happier person because of it. And I promise you, you will regret that choice later. Like, a lot. So there's that.
But you know what? There's not a lot more I really even wanna say to you except this: Here's the most important thing, so listen up Sixteen Year Old Mandy. When you are older, unlike in high school, you will understand that life isn't about how people view you. It's not about appearances, or the things you own, the guy you're dating or the friends you have. It's about who you are, and who you want to become. You will meet people that understand you, and have the same beliefs as you. And THOSE people are the ones you want to keep in your life. You will be blessed with a loving Husband and adorable little children, and you will look back on your teenage years, and even your early twenties, and shake your head at how ridiculous you were. But that isn't necessarily a bad thing...please use your teenage years as a reminder as to what life SHOULD NOT be about. Maintain your integrity, be humble, be righteous, and love your family.
And that's it. It's actually pretty simple.
And because we're talking about ourselves as teenagers, I couldn't post this without showing y'all some pictures of me back in the day. Your welcome.
|(My teenage self! I'm the one on the left)|
|(And I'm happy to report that yes, I am still this strange)|
Linking up with Becky @ From Mrs. To Mama.
What are some things you would tell your 16 Year Old Self??