Sometime after graduation, I got a letter in the mail, and I remember the confusion I felt when I saw my name written in my own handwriting. It wasn't until I started reading the letter that I remembered that assignment four years earlier. I laughed at my juvenile writing and how everything in my letter revolved around singing, my best friends, and my then-boyfriend who I thought I was madly in love with. (Oh, the hilarity!)
I felt almost refreshed remembering how purely good and simple I thought life was.
And then contorted inside, remembering how I learned that life wasn't.
And then relieved that I still turned out all right. I thought to myself, There is so much I would have warned you about. Little did I know, life would test me further in years to come. And now there is so much more I would say to myself about ages 14 to 27. I feel like I'm light years away from memories that only exist in the deepest part of me, but it wouldn't be a bad time to write a letter to my younger self, right?
I'm the older you. Weird, right? If I were you, I'd start walking away from me. But don't. I have some words to impart upon you. Let me start off by saying that life is hard. Words like that get thrown around a lot, but I am telling you quite seriously that life is hard. However, for as hard as it can be, life is far more beautiful and fun. Remember that.
Here are a few things I wish I knew at your age -- not for the sake of change but for the hope that you might recover faster from unexpected challenges, open your eyes, and accept certain things. Here are a few things I'd like you to know now.
Linking up with my blog sister, Jessica @ Lovely Little Things, for Smell The Roses