I found this on For the Love of All Things Girly Blog's and her letter was so touching, personal and emotional that she inspired me to write my own.
This letter will be things that I wish I could have told my 16 year old self to prepare me for things to come in my future.
So you are 16 now? I know you could not wait for this day. I know you imagined it would give you so much freedom because you will finally have a job and will be making your own money. You always had this sense of Independence for as long as I could remember. No one could tell you anything and if you have your mind set on something, there is no way to talk you out of that. Never loose that passion for life.
Lose the bitchy I know it all teenager attitude towards your parents and bond closer with your family, especially with your mother. Give her that mushy, I love you hug because unfortunately next year, she will no longer be with us. You are not as grown up as you think you are. When you loose her, you should cry in front of everyone and not hold it in. You were to young to think you needed to be strong for anyone.
You will meet a really great guy this summer at your first job. You will be with him for 10 years + and he will share all these good and bad times with you. Cherish him and learn from him, as he will have a lot of valuable information to share with you.
ALWAYS support your younger sister.
STAY in the HEALTH CARE field DAMN IT! I know you are in allied health in high school. Just stay on that path. Do not try to be the rebel that you are and try 80 million others things, like social work, or teaching or finance before you realize what you should have done. Trust me on this, the health care field grows on you like fungus and you are going to love it, even though, right now you are not sure if you will. DO NOT go against the grain on this one, you like to be the one to do something different from everyone else, but do not do it on this!
26 year old Jessica