A Letter to My 16-Year-Old Self
Dear 16-year-old Kristen,
It’s me…I mean it’s you…well, it’s us, in 2010. And I have some advice for you!
First, you are skinny and cute. Seriously girl, you look hot! And not to scare you, but it’s all downhill from here, so own it! (Don’t worry, it’s just the natural aging process. You’re not obese or anything.) Stop feeling so self-conscious and learn to love your body now. And let people take pictures of you, for real, you look great. Your skin is great, your face is baby smooth, your nose is FINE and your hair…well, your hair. Let’s discuss that. Please don’t dye it. Your natural color is just fine and it will be much healthier if you don’t start bleaching it. Bleach is bad.
Second, you are about to meet a boy that you never even realized existed and fall head over heels in love with him. It doesn’t work out. I’m only telling you because I think you should break up with him sooner…before you go to college. You learn a lot from this boy, and it’s a good thing. But you also give up a lot to stay with him during your freshman year, and I don’t want to give you too many details but there are a lot of good reasons to avoid this. You should enjoy your first year of college, make lots of new friends, go to parties, be irresponsible. Don’t spend it going home every weekend.
Last, you have a lot of friends right now; you should keep in touch with them when you go away to school. Also, branch out a little. There are some people that you barely even know that turn out to be super cool adults. And I know you desperately want to get out of Delaware, but I have news for you…there will be times when you desperately want to go back. So try not to trash it too much ok? It’s your home.
I’m attempting to be vague and helpful at the same time because your life in 2010 is pretty awesome. I don’t want you to change anything that might screw it up, like where you go to college and who you become friends with in the future. Just listen to your gut and things will turn out ok. A few more bullet points: be nice, even when you’re feeling down; it’s ok to say “I don’t know”; develop some study habits—college will not be the breeze that high school is; wear your retainer; oh, and one more thing—buy some Apple stock. Actually, buy a lot of it. As much as you can. Trust me.