Friday, May 18, 2012

Letter to 16 year old me

Dear 16 year old Sara,

It's hard to believe you're turning 26 tomorrow!
You've done a lot in the past 10 years and let me tell you time flies.

I wish I could tell you to not take things so seriously.
Stop worrying so much about life.
Enjoy being young, get into a little trouble, and have fun because one day you’ll realize how fast your life has gone by and you’ll wish you would have done things a little differently.

I think the most important thing I want you to know is you are beautiful, both inside and out.
I wish you’d see it in yourself and believe it because one day it’ll hit you like a ton of bricks and you’ll wonder why you didn’t realize it earlier in life.
Believe in yourself, Sara.
Be confident because you are much stronger and braver than you’ve ever imagined.
You’ll be amazed at the things you do in your life.

You have amazing friends who love you.
So don’t let jealousy take away any time you have with them.
You’ll look back and smile when you fondly remember the times driving around town at night blasting music and laughing while following cute boys in their trucks.

Lose the attitude you get with the family.
Stop fighting with mom.
Be nice to Amie. Watch after her, be there for her, be her friend.
Cherish the time you spend with every family member.
Because family is important and one day you’ll truly miss being able to see them everyday.
You’ll miss living with mom and Amie.
You’ll miss going over to Dad and Berna’s for dinner.
You’ll miss family get-togethers.
Be open to listening to the family’s advice.

On New Years 2004 your world will be flipped up side down.
You’ll receive a new year’s kiss from someone you least expect and a month later you’ll officially have your first boyfriend.
You’ll fall head over heels in love with him.
2004 is a very special year for you.
One you’ll never forget and one you’ll remember so vividly.
You’ll have fun with him and he’ll show you a whole new side of life.
Embrace everything.
It’s an exciting, good time in your life.

One day he’ll break your heart and it will feel like your world has collapsed.

But you’ll get back together with him.
And he’ll break your heart again.
And this cycle will continue for 7 years.

I wish I could tell you to be smarter.
I wish I could tell you to dig deep and find strength and respect for yourself.
I wish I could tell you it’s okay to let him go.
But I know you can’t and you’ll have to go through all the back and forth, all the heartache, all the emotional pain to finally realize you can no longer have him in your life.

But it’s because of him that you’ll experience amazing things in life.

And it’s because of him you’ll eventually gain the strength you will need to let him go and move on with your life.

Life is an amazingly beautiful journey.
It's full of adventure, experience, opportunity, love, and hope.
And the tough times only make you stronger.

Sara, don’t rush to grow up--enjoy being a teenager.

Have faith in the world and in yourself.
Smile, laugh, and love more.

You have a good life.

older Sara

 We got our driver's licenses

Best Friends

 Junior Prom

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