Now, where did I leave that?

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Recently a magazine I read posed the question "What would you tell your 16 year old self if you could go back and talk to her/him?" I've thought about this alot and here it is:
"Psst...hey you, with a cup of coffee in your hand as you edit your article for the latest of the high school newspaper and try to delay going home as long as you can--listen to me; this is important! First, it's a cliche, but this too shall pass. One day you're going to be able to forgive your mother, and you're going to miss her. Alot. Second, what seems so urgently intense now isn't going to matter. SAT scores, whether that new guy likes you, who is dating whom, just isn't going to matter; you'll be lucky if you even remember all the names!  Third, and most important of all: if you want something badly enough, if it's what you dream of doing and being, don't let anyone or anything get in the way. The path you follow may change, you may have to bushwhack a little, get your hands and knees bloody, climb mountains and cross deserts, but if you can be tough enough, you can carry that backpack full of dreams exactly where you want to be."
Alas, no one told me these things, and it's taken me another 35 years to figure all that out. I wish I'd known then what I know now.

How about you? What would YOU tell your 16 year old self ?


the wild magnolia said...

First - get over it. Your Mom and Dad took off and left you with your Aunt. While you will love them, being raised by your Aunt was definitely for the best.

(I was over 50 before I resolved this within my self.)

Second - School is not just a place to meet up with your friends. Study and realize you have a choice of who you want to become.

Third - Don't just "settle", shoot for the stars, you can make it, you are made of stars.

Four - Choose your mate carefully after much thought and spend time together. You don't have to have a man.

Five - be prepared to take care of your self.

Six - The universe is waiting for you, whatever you want, you can have it. Visualize it, see it, it will happen.

Seven - Listen to your elders and those successful people who know about life and know peace.

Gosh, I could go on and on and on......great topic.

People did try to tell me, I would not listen. I always learned the hard way.

Thank you, for sharing.

Ashling said...

Hey...those are good ones!