Dear You (Me...),
In just a few years you'll be where I am right now. Sometimes it feels like it's only been a few days and sometimes it feels like it's been years and years. That happens to everyone.
Stay close with Mom and Dad. They will be the most precious friends and confidants you will find on this big, beautiful Earth. Ever.
Tell yourself you're beautiful. Everyday. Multiple times when it's necessary. You will go through a time in your life in which outward appearances mean a great deal to you. You'll get through it. Just remember it's all the inside stuff that really counts.
Never settle for someone who didn't pick you as the very first choice. You will find that someone who is a great friend has the potential to be so much more. Don't close yourself off. Don't hold yourself back. Be yourself and you will be recognized for it. Love freely and wholly and great things will come from that.
Take your academics seriously. Your commitment and dedication to schoolwork will take you far in life. Friendships and humility will take you even further. Hold tight to your best friend. She is the strongest anchor and the most kindred spirit that you will ever come across. Don't take it for granted.
Be happy with yourself. For as easy as it is to rely on others, it is important that you learn to rely on yourself. Learn to be independent. Do okay on your own.
When you're not okay on your own, lean on your sister. She is the single person who shares heartstrings with you stronger than anything else in this world.
In a few years, your life will be so magnificent, it might sometimes take your breath away. Just remember that you deserve it. All of it.
Be kind to others. Be loyal. Eat well. Take breaks. Get plenty of sleep. Laugh. Be ambitious. Follow your dreams. Chase your passion. Be thankful for all of it. And be thankful often. xo