I would tell myself…
…to go to University directly out of high school. It doesn’t matter if you do not know what you want to be when you grow up. You will appreciate that degree so much when you are in your 30’s and wanting employers to take you seriously. Plus, you’ll already have it tucked under your belt and won’t have to spend your evenings doing homework.
…to enjoy the relationship with your brother. He’s the only other person in the whole world with the same exact gene pool as you. He knows more than you think. He’s smart and funny and talented
…Samantha is not as good a friend as you think she is. She is selfish and vain. Don’t get me wrong, she’ll be tons of fun – but she will never be a true friend. Stop trying to impress her, it isn’t going to happen.
…to stay as far away from Matt T as possible. He will rip your heart out and stomp on it – not once but twice. He will treat you like crap and never look back.
…no matter how much it scares you, you need to get out there and live.
…money is not necessary for a happy fulfilling life.
…to travel. You NEED to.
…that no matter how attractive living in California seems you will be lonely and miserable being so far away from your home.
…to convince him to move.
…that motherhood is the hardest thing you will ever do in your life.
…that you will never love anyone or anything as much as you love your children.
…patience is a virtue. You will need every ounce of patience for your children.
…marriage is not easy. It will challenge you everyday and it is hard work keeping it working.
…that it is okay if you don’t fit in. In fact, in your life you will rarely fit in. It really is not worth the struggle.
…you need to let things go. It’s not worth keeping everything bottled up inside. You will be happier for it.
…trust your instints