To All The Teenagers in my Life….

The only thing I miss about 16 year old me is the body that I hated at the time. 38 year old me would like to sit down and have a little chat with 16 year old me. If that could happen these are the words I would say.

  1. Not everyone will like you. It’s okay. Those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter.
  2. Dancing is like sweet medicine that satisfices the soul. Do it at weddings, and events, but remember the best times to do it is anywhere you want to, with the ones you love. I wish I would have danced more.
  3. Build your future, but don’t forget that each today has a meaning.
  4. Your heart is going to break. Next year you will fall in love for the first time. It’s going to hurt like heck. It will knock you down, but when you get up and brush yourself off, you will get up stronger and wiser, more resilient. Keep calm, eventually you end up with that first love and you have two beautiful children together.
  5. Make good friends, but don’t ever beg anyone to be your friend. In the end you will only need those special 3 anyway. Do your part to keep them, they will be well worth the work.
  6. Your value doesn’t change based on the kind of clothes you wear, what kind of house you live in, the kind of car you drive, or if you are single your entire High School career. Know your worth.
  7. Oh Lord, listen to your Momma!! She is always right!
  8. Be more than just a pretty face. Pretty is…well it’s honestly just not the most important thing, no matter what Instagram says.
  9. You will never be perfect. Accept that you are going to mess up from time to time, but always do your best.
  10. Do not compare yourself to others. It is a thief of time and joy.
  11. Be nice to yourself, your words matter.
  12. No matter where you are, or where you go, there is always more to learn, never stop growing.
  13. Nobody is better than you! You are not better than anyone else either. We are all just people that depend on grace. Accept it for yourself and then give it out to others.
  14. If it won’t matter in a month, then don’t worry about it today. Worry is of the devil. It only takes and never adds anything to your life.
  15. Beauty is everywhere. Find it. Choose it. Appreciative it. Dwell in it.
  16. Press on
  17. Spread kindness wherever you go.
  18. You have to learn how to love yourself before you can love anyone else.
  19. Take lots and lots of pictures. Don’t delete the goofy ones, one day they will be your favorites.
  20. Last but not least, you DO NOT need a significant other to be significant. Just live your life and focus on your friendships and finding things that fill your heart with fire.

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