Thursday, November 04, 2010

Back to the Past

First: My parents will be arriving here in about an hour and the house is already clean. I'm not sure how that happened. I guess I'm becoming more responsible?


Today's big trending hashtag on Twitter was #tweetyour16yearoldself.

A lot of them were funny. And it seemed like most people wanted to warn their younger selves away from making dumb mistakes. It took me a while to come up with something, but I eventually posted this:

You're really skinny, enjoy it. Put on some make up. OH, and it's best just to avoid the boys until you're 26.

Because, dude, I was quite skinny and had NO IDEA. I had no concept of how to dress myself, either. I also didn't wear make up AT ALL until I was well into my 20's. And sometimes I wish I had had more fun being pretty when I was younger. Or at least put some mascara on. I look back and think, what was I trying to accomplish? I guess I always felt like I was dressing up and someone would call me out for not being pretty enough for cute clothes or make up. And I KNOW I was terrified of being noticed. So I dressed in baggy clothes and stayed away from make up. Silly, silly, silly me.

I threw in the last sentence as a future life warning. Boys were a non-issue for me at sixteen, and this wasn't #tweetyour22yearoldself, but I figure if 16 year old me got that memo, then 22 year old me might not be such an idiot. I figure it couldn't hurt.

I thought about adding in that DC Talk is not the end all be all of music. And that getting those straight A's and that seal on your diploma? So not worth it. Take the half day your senior year instead!

What about you? Any advice you'd give your 16 year old self?


Jenny said...

Advice to my 16-year-old self:

Read, read read. Write, write, write. Take off the make-up. Forget the boys. Go to the park. Go see a counselor...and be honest. Be nice to your sister and give her good advice. Go get a job and help your mom out. Take a picture of the measuring wall in the laundry room. Take art. Major in elementary ed in college. Be NICE to your dad's girlfriends. Bet a lot of money on the San Fran Giants in the 2010 World Series.

Christy said...

Ok. Advice to me as a 16-year-old:

Moving is NOT the end of the world. Get over it. Also get over that pseudo-boyfriend you left behind. Don't go to that Dawson McAlister retreat instead of taking the ACT b/c you really cost your parents a lot of money. Don't favor one brother over the other, because believe it or not they both like you.