Letter to my 16 year old self.

I’m about to be 26 years old (T-6 days).  No longer mid-twenties, young adult, adolescent.  Age is just a number right?  Well they say as you get older you get wiser.  That’s true, only if you pay attention.  No surprise that I’ve changed a lot in 10 years, it’d be kinda bad if I hadn’t.  These are things I would tell my 16 year old self.

Dear Alli,

Right now have just had a wonderful dinner at the Cheesecake Factory with your best girls.  You are in going into 11th grade at CCHS and learning to drive….sorta. You finally feel like you’re coming out of your shell and feeling a little less awkward.  You’re looking forward to AP classes and wondering if you can muster up the courage to talk to your crushes. So things are great in life…not too complicated and yet you stress.

Here’s my advice-the things I wish I could’ve told myself.

On school- you’re smart so give yourself some credit.  It will get done. You will do fine, do not spend nights crying.  Keep studying but find an outlet.  You think it isn’t possible but look for something small, maybe a little more volunteering.

On boys- it’s ok to that you’re not dating.  In fact, I still think it’s for the best.  Whatever you do though, don’t use a Myspace quiz to tell your crush you like him!  Anything but that!  You will look gorgeous at both proms, make the most of those nights.  Those high school guys underestimate how hot you’re going to get in the next few years once all the teenage awkwardness wears off.

On Driving- PAY ATTENTION! PAY ATTENTION! PAY ATTENTION!

On the future-  Alli, you are so innocent and it’s a rare privilege. You have beautiful dreams, that at 26 you are still trying to achieve.  Reality will come and hit you like a big ol’ slap in the face but YOU WILL BE OK!  Be confident in yourself.

Overall Alli you are going to be fine.  Maybe work on some balance, physically and mentally but you’ll get there plus now you have an awesome boyfriend to help you too!

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