A few days ago I saw an old photo of a group of my friends from high school. We were young and more beautiful than we knew, so full of potential and ready to take on the world. I commented that we were really something, and was reminded that we’re really something now too. Years later, these are now women that I respect and admire. Both for things they’ve accomplished and the way they live their lives.
I looked at myself and wondered what I’d have said if I knew what the next 15 years or so would hold. I probably would have been scared and excited all at once, and in some disbelief of it all. But here are some things I would say to that girl.
Be courageous, you have nothing to fear.
College will teach you so much more than you’ll learn in class. Get out there and experience it. A little more studying wouldn’t hurt you either.
You’re not fat.
You’ll meet many guys, and you’ll learn from them what you want and don’t want in a spouse. Heartbreak will help you find the right one.
Fight for what’s right as soon as you know its right. But don’t worry, you’ll soon get pushed into it and you’ll be fine.
Enjoy that time before kids a bit more, quiet doesn’t come again for many years.
You’ll learn a lot about medicine and advocating for good care by being thrown into the fire. Toughen up- it’s hard but worth it.
Ask more questions, invade personal space a bit more, and open up yourself. Fear of rejection is no way to live. The phone won’t kill you.
Stop. Breathe. Enjoy.
Go home at 5 sometimes.
Hug your Dad more. You don’t have to agree on anything but loving each other. That’s enough.
Push Austin. It might not have helped, but don’t give up. You’ll have less regret and guilt, and you already have enough.
Enjoy that last movie with Austin, and don’t drive straight home. Find a way to spend a few more minutes.
Just keep trusting God, He won’t let you fall.
Look around at your friends. Some will be gone, some will become close again one day, some will come later and become family, while some will seemingly disappear once Austin does. You’ll learn from them all.
You’re stronger than you think. You’ll survive more than you think you can handle, and you’ll do more than just survive.
….. Now that I think about it, I should probably remind grown me of these same things…..funny how our younger self and our older self are so much the same, maybe just a stronger version. At least I hope so.
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