Welcome to Week Twenty-Six of Flashback Fridays where the old and new collide on everything from books to movies to first loves to favorite vacations. Because of a death in the family, I'm unprepared for Flashback Friday today, and I also totally missed out on the awesomeness that HAD to have been #tweetyour16yroldself.
So, what the hell? Why not kill two birds with one stone? I could have a post as well as getting to enjoy the responses by throwing it out to you lovely readers!
Here's a couple of mine:
(1). For once in your life, DO NOT be the NICE girl! Edward(name changed to protect the hotness) does like you--everyone knows it, everyone is saying it. Yes, Edward has a girlfriend, but she's a witch. You, Edward, and the witchy girlfriend could TOTALLY be a futuristic Taylor Swift song You Belong With Me. Stick your neck out, put your heart on the line, and GO FOR HIM! Because for years, you'll regret it and years later, you'll STILL REMEMBER IT! (Sadly, there's waaaaay too many "coulda, woulda, shoulda" moments with dudes in high school...okay, even now I STILL deal with this. EESH).
(2). Don't be upset that the group of your home girl peeps disintegrated a bit. You'll always have your two bff's, Kim and Tiffany, and they'll be there for you through the darkest times of your life. Your other peeps will filter back into your life, and you'll still be friends with them many, many years into the future.
(3). Still go to that rockin' party and smoke just to impress people and try to kill your "goody two shoes" image. Not only did you realize at the time what a dork you were, but it will be a great future story to tell your students with a poetry lesson on The Road Not Taken.
(4). Don't worry that you spend too much time with your mom or that she's one of your BFF's. You'll appreciate that you did spend so much time & thank God for this relationship in the future when she's gone.
(5). Don't beat yourself up so much for sucking at math. You're not stupid just bc you get C's in math and have to get tutored. You'll still be Vice President of National Honor Society with your sucktastic math grades, and in the future when you find your niche in the English world, you'll realize how pointless math is!
FINALLY, the most important post to my 16yr old self would be this:
KEEP WRITING! Yes, you write in secret. Yes, you don't let most of your peeps know that you've got a bunch of stories written. Yes, you regret that your poetry was published in the Literary Magazine as a Freshman, but srsly, screw the haters! One day, you'll look back and realize those years were the cutting your teeth moments on your writing aspirations & dreams.
SO, what are YOUR posts/comments to your 16 yr old self? Come on, let yourself have it!