Dear 16 year old self:
- There is more than one way to do your hair. Yes ponytails are easy and keep your hair out of your face. But it wouldn’t hurt to learn other hairstyles. Do not be afraid to let your hair down…let the breeze play with it. And if it gets in the way, so what?!
- Don’t let everyone’s opinion take a toll on you. Some people will not like you, but some will. But do know that as long as you are happy with who you truly are that is all that matters. Don’t let others opinions dictate who you should be or how you should act. Be yourself.
- Don’t be so scared to let yourself go. Be silly. Sing at the top of your lungs (because even at the ripe age of 28 I cannot get myself to do so), dance like nobody is looking, be a goof, and do not fear to be called a nerd again. Nerds are cool. We are definitely nerds, and proud!
- Don’t be afraid to try new things. Later down the road you will get to love to cook and bake, you will love coffee, and you will love, most of all, photography. When you get to college, do not quit your photography class!
- Make new friends all the time. Don’t only stick to the few you have. Work on being friendly and not too shy. If you don’t you will be 28 and with barely any friends you can call up in the middle of the night.
- Learn that with life comes disappointments. You will be let down, but don’t dwell on it. You will also disappoint others. But it is OK. Life is such. Never disappoint yourself, those close to you, and God.
- Stick to your guns, to your wishes, and to the path you want to follow. Going against our parents was what brought us to where I am: with a family of my own, a great husband and two amazing little boys. If you want to go against the flow, do so.
- Learn to trust others. I know we’ve been hurt and mocked by some. But trusting others is not that bad. Learn to put your faith on those that really care about you. Don’t let them go because you are afraid to open up.
- Mom and Dad do what they do, say what they say, and act the way they act because they love you. They have more wisdom and knowledge on life that you do. Listen, understand, cherish.
- Visit Grandma, aka Abue, Abuelita Chela. Spend as much time as possible with her. Get to know her better. Ask her for stories of her life (try to get her to tell you her real age, good luck). She will pass away (R.I.P.) miles away from where you will be and you will wish you could have been there. So be there for her.
This letter was written by Sofia of From PDX with Love.