Friday, November 22, 2013

{GUEST POST: A Letter To My 19 Year Old Self}

A letter to my teenage self

Dear 14 year old Natalie,
You know that plan you had for your life, to be married with children by age 21?  Yea, that doesn’t happen.  But don’t worry; your story turns out much better.  I know you believe that you have already been through many obstacles in your life.   And you think that you could write a book about all the things you have gone through.  But, I’m here to tell you, you haven’t seen anything yet. First and foremost, be nice to your parents. That shouldn’t be too hard, they are pretty nice people. They truly only want what is best for you. They will have your back in your darkest moments. Your dad will be a huge impact on your adulthood and he won’t be around for most of it.  Ask him about the war and watch football with him every Sunday.  Take a second on your 21st birthday to tell him thank you, he deserves it.  Make sure he knows that you love him.  Your mom will become your best friend and all her annoying habits are now your own annoying habits.  And when mom and dad call 8 times a day, answer the dang phone, it might be worth it.  Life might seem hard as a 14 year old high school freshman. Am I going to make the volleyball team? Will that boy ask me to homecoming? Yes, you will and no he won’t.  I’ll let you in on a little secret; you have already met your husband.  So go on and have fun with your friends and don’t worry about that date that never happened.  Don’t try and be who people want or expect you to be.  Be who you want to be. Keep all shoes, I pinky promise those trends will come back.You will move away for college and your best friends won’t go with you. Most won’t even visit. Don’t worry; you will have some of the greatest times of your life.  But don’t forget what you are there for.  Go to class, even when it’s not mandatory, which most classes aren’t. You will join a sorority and meet a couple of lifelong friends.  Stick with them, they are going places.As an adult, your family isn’t much of a family.  But your friends are your heart.  Treat them well. Start traditions with your friends and stick with them.  Those are the memories you will keep for a life time.  You don’t have to come from the same blood to make a family.A few last things,Don’t wish time by.  You’re going to miss this.Never leave your purse in your car < this may seem like a no brainer but 3 replaced windows later you are still doing it.After a night of partying, ALWAYS go to the bathroom before going to bed < Trust me on this one.And, take chances, take a lot of them.  Because honestly no matter where you end up and with whom, it always ends up just the way it should.  Your mistakes make you who you are.  You learn and grow with each choice you make, everything is worth it.  Say how and what you feel, always. Be you and be ok with it.Sit back and enjoy the ride,

26 year old Natalie


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