My last post got me reminiscing about the past…
It always amazes me to think back on the person that I was 5 or 6 years ago. At 15, when I started high school, things were simple (though I didn’t realize it then) and I had no idea what my future was going to hold. Life is always clearer in hind-sight. Through our experiences we’re able to learn, grow, and gain the wisdom to make better decisions in the future. We all have things we wish we had done differently but- in the end- those choices made us the people we are today. So, be thankful for that.
All of that considered, sometimes I wish I could write a letter to 15 year-old Emily. Just a simple note to prepare my innocent self for what was to come. If I could, it would look something like this…
First and foremost, smile. Life is more precious and beautiful than you will ever understand.
Second, breathe. Don’t wish your days away. Don’t get so caught up in ‘tomorrow’ that you forget about today. Enjoy the freedom of being young. Give everyone and everything a chance- you might be surprised by what you discover. Never let the world dull your shine. Boys will come and go so don’t let any of them define you. It will become obvious who your true friends are- never let them go.
Work hard but don’t let the stress control you. No one is perfect- you included- and that’s okay. Trust that everything is going to work out for the best, even when it doesn’t feel like it will. When it comes to your future, just let it happen. Don’t over-analyze and don’t over-plan. Don’t draw a detailed picture of how you want things to be because the universe will continually surprise you. Just live.
Never, ever take your family for granted. You’ve been blessed beyond belief and things won’t always be as wonderful as they are now. So, enjoy every minute because you’ll never get this time back.
Love yourself. You’re stronger, smarter, and more beautiful than you give yourself credit for. Own it.
So get out there, have fun, make mistakes, laugh at yourself, and smile like it’s going out of style.
What would your letter say?