Friday, November 5, 2010

Flashback Friday: Posts to Your 16 Year Old Self!!!!


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!


Annie McElfresh said...

I'd tell myself boys aren't everything...okay yeah, you can still say oh, la, la when you see a hottie, but FOCUS! School is actually important. Don't skip 1st period English for breakfast anymore. Those thing called comma's are killer when you decide at 27 you'd like to write a book, but can't remember a damn thing about Enlgish grammer.


Katie Ashley said...

HAHAHAHA, Annie, that's awesome!! Yes, I think we could all benefit from the old "Boys aren't everything!" mantra!

Rachael said...

I'm not sure if I'm allowed to do this, but...

Dear 16-year-old self,

Forget that guy. You know the one I'm talking about. He's not worth the energy it takes to hate him. Also, punch him in the face. It's worth the consequences. As for the other guy, go after him. I'm sick of the "if only I'd gotten to him first" imaginings.

Join more extra-curriculars. No, really. DO IT. Go out for the play, sign up for the equestrian team, actually GO to writers' club meetings. Just do SOMETHING.

Whatever you do, do NOT sign up for AP Econ. No, really. You will regret it in a year.