Dear 16 Year Old Me

Before we get too far into this, let me tell you just how amazing things are right now.

You married the man of your dreams, you have 2 beautiful children, and you are blessed with amazing friends.

Now, back to you!

First of all… that boy, you know who I am talking about.  He isn’t worth it.  Those tears you keep crying because he keeps breaking his promises and your heart – dry them.

Dear 16 year old me

Save yourself.  I know it is hard.  I know that you want to feel loved, but remember what I said earlier?  He isn’t worth it.  Guess what, he isn’t even ‘the one’.  In fact your life is going to change so much in the next few years you will grow to resent him and regret your decision.

Take the time… Soon, all too soon your grandparents will be gone.  Visit them now.  You won’t get those days and memories back.

School really does matter!  Seriously!  Learn all that you can right now because guess what, you are going to homeschool your children.  Wipe that crazed out look off your face.  You don’t wear denim jumpers and sing Kumbaya.  In fact right now you are in comfy sweats, sneakers, and are very happy!

Your best friend really is amazing!  She is still around and your children are growing up together.  She married that boy.  The one from high school that you tried to get her to not date.  Yup…that is who she married.  Turns out he is a great husband and a wonderful provider.  You couldn’t be happier for her.  Now you can all sit back and laugh at those days.

Miles don’t matter.  One day you will have friends scattered all over the USA.  One of your closest friends lives over a thousand miles away but you chat!  She is such a blessing.

TV in cars is not some space age idea!  It is pretty crazy but right now we can watch tv while in the car.  And get this we watch it on our phones!  Don’t ask me how it works.  I don’t know.  But it is really cool.

People did stop ‘raising the roof’.  I thought you would want to know!

Proverbs 3:5-6

Exercise *sigh* I know, I know…

Doctors don’t know it all!  You do have children!  2 of them!  A loss is in your future but you make it through… so enjoy life now.

The guy… you get the guy and he is amazing.  He loves you beyond anything you think you could ever deserve.  His parents have welcomed you in with open arms.  You know that this is exactly where you belong.

Your dad comes around.  It isn’t what you had always hoped but it is better than nothing.

Too bad I cannot go back and tell myself all of these things.  My heart would have a lot less scars.  I guess that is the point, though.  Hearts are meant to be used, broken, and healed.  That is how we learn and how we grow.



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