Dear sixteen-year-old Jeanine,
I’m writing to tell you that everything’s going to be all right. It’s going to be great, in fact. Your best years are still ahead of you.
Soon, you’re going to become someone you never thought you could be… You’re going to overcome fears and break boundaries. Breakthrough upon breakthrough.
Here are seven life lessons from me to you. Hold them close; take them to heart.
7 Life Lessons for My Sixteen-Year-Old Self
Love yourself: Learn to love yourself as you are. Take time to care for yourself – whether it’s a bubble bath, taking yourself out for coffee, watching a romantic movie… You need time for you.
Don’t try to get everyone to like you: Seriously, being liked by everyone is overrated. Constantly trying to make others like you is exhausting, and so not worth it. Just be kind to everyone, without overdoing it, and appreciate those who do care about you.
Keep your friends close: Value the friendships you have. Be loyal to your friends and show them you care. Some of your current friends are still going to be there for a long time, others will leave, but just make sure you cherish them all.
Try new things: Go out and try things you’ve never done before. If you want to do something new, go for it, even if it scares you.
Never be ashamed of who you are: You are beautiful just the way you are. You are strong, capable and talented. I beg you to be proud of who you are, no matter what. Believe in yourself. Stop apologising for being you. You are enough.
Live your own life: Write your own story; don’t allow others to decide what your life should look like. I urge you to resist the insecurities that try to morph you into the person others want you to be. Just do you.
Everything is going to be okay, always: Sometimes, things might seem to fall apart and you just want to give up. Please remember, better things await you. Everything will be okay. Bad times pass and good times will come again.
Lots of love,