If you could write a letter back in time, what would you tell your younger self?
originally written October 26, 2005
Especially since I was such an outspoken teenager at times (in a rather public forum).
I wish I could go back and tell my 16-year-old self a few things (but would I have understood?).
I would remind myself not to judge when I don’t know every detail (thus the only life I could judge would be my own).
I would tell myself never to give unsolicited advice (and think twice before giving solicited advice).
I would explain to myself that courtship is never paint-by-numbers (and not a thing like it is in the books).
I would sternly tell myself not to make blanket statements about what I will or will not do (because it is really much easier to let your man make the decisions anyway).
I would encourage myself to keep dreaming and hold onto my ideals, but expect life to be much different than I planned (but entirely more wonderful than I could have imagined).
And I would laughingly tell myself that it is always someone else who gets married right out of high school (never you).