So, the year is 1997. (Yeah, I know, hand me my cane and walker. Whatever, people). If I could have a talk with my 16 year old self, I'd say...
* Good for you! You passed your driving test on the first try! Now, how about you realize you can't see and get some glasses. You'll avoid
* Learn from your experiences, but if a relationship/friendship/etc fails, don't let it guide your future actions. If you do, you're giving someone who wasn't right in your life an awfully lot of influence.
* Listen to your boss at the pool when she says "Lifeguarding is one of the best jobs you will ever have."
* Don't dye your own hair. Trust me.
* Skip the tanning beds. Your 30 year old self with thank you.
* Be nicer to your mom...a lot nicer. You're a teenager and you don't know everything. *gasp*And besides, she's pretty cool.
* Make a decent contact at each one of those random jobs you've had in high school/college. When you're 24, you're going to have to remember them all to list on your bar application, along with references that can prove you worked there. If you're thinking that's a pain in the @ss, you're growing up before my eyes. ;)
* There will come a day when having your own land phone line won't be nearly as cool as it is now. (We won't even start on the answering machines).
* Life is very much about timing. Keep your eyes open for opportunities that are timed oh-so-right. (And take note of ones that are oh-so-wrong).
* You already like planning. A lot. Don't be afraid to take some risks!
* Try harder at math.
* Start taking calcium and vitamin D now. Or at least TRY to like milk. When you fall down the stairs when you're 27, your body will thank you.
* You're a pretty cool chick. Hold your head high.
* Always speak up, even if you're afraid you might be wrong. Just have an open mind if you are.
* You're going to become a lawyer! And then, you'll decide not to practice. *shrugs*
* Things you learn while traveling will exceed anything you've ever read in a book. Go. Experience. See. Explore. :)
* And while I'm on that... Ask questions and take in everything you can from those family trips to historical/landmark places instead of pretending to be too cool. You'll be thankful your family took those trips when you're older.
* Your mom knows when you're pulling a fast one, even if you think you're a mastermind genius and she had no idea.
* Black doesn't look bad on you. The girl who told you that is a mean hussy.
* When invited to snowball fights, red rover, etc, in the middle of the night in college, GO! Always go!
* College will give you some of the best memories and best friends of your life. Don't waste your time with boys that have the potential to ruin or spoil any of those memories.
* You'll make some great friends in law school, too. But, you'll also learn a lot about the person you are and the person you're not. Embrace those lessons instead of fighting them.
* Just like you didn't get the convertible when you turned 16 (like you totally imagined in your head as a child), you might not be where you currently anticipate you'll be when you're 25, 26, 27.... That's okay! You'll have a lot going for you, so don't be so hard on yourself over such silliness!
* Not all fish tastes bad. Quit being stubborn and order some salmon.
What about you? What would you say to your 16 year old self?
Happy Friday, friends! Cheers to the weekend! :)
(I am so proud of myself for working on posts a couple nights this week and being able to set them up in advance! Makes it so easy! Woohoo!)