I’m running about 10 days late on this daily prompt, but I must have missed it somehow. I really want to write about it, however, so here goes.
Dear me at sixteen,
There are so many things you need to know about the way your life is going to go, but I know you wouldn’t believe me if I told you. The future you have so perfectly planned isn’t going to pan out that way at all. Don’t be disappointed, however, because, although your plans are going to go awry, your life will be great in ways you never could have imagined.
For starters, the man you imagine as your husband, is someone else’s husband. You dumped him your first year of college for someone else who you thought was more fun and exciting. Sometimes you might think you regret it, but you will also know it turned out better for both of you that way. He will have a beautiful family with a wife who supports him in his chosen career in ways you never could. You will end up living a life that would not have been a good fit for him.
You won’t be married for life. Even though you despise it, you will divorce the father of your children after many years. You’ll be torn because, despite the problems, he is a good man and a great father. You will eventually see, however, that you both need something different. Don’t fret – your kids will turn out just fine, as will you.
You’ll end up following a life path you never dreamed of. I don’t want to spoil it all for you because there needs to be some surprises left for you. Just trust me when I say you will be surprised.
You will find that you are much stronger than you ever imagined. You will take on life with all you’ve got, and you will win. You will face your fears head on and come out on top eventually. You will learn to stand on your own two feet, and take pride in doing so. I know you think you are tough now (and you are), but you will just get tougher as time goes on.
Now, my advice for you. Stop living so seriously! Get rid of the exclusive boyfriend and just date a little. Remember above, you won’t spend the rest of your life with him, anyway. Make friends with people who aren’t just like you. Learn to enjoy life for the wild ride that it is. Keep studying hard, but be sure to make time to go out and see what’s there before you don’t have time.
When you hit college, stay away from a steady boyfriend again. Just live. Go to parties, make friends, go on trips just because you can. You will have plenty of time later on to be serious. You are only young once, they say. They are right.
In closing, I want you to know that your life will turn out great. Stop worrying about what you can’t control, and just enjoy.