Dear Fifteen-Year-Old Self

Dear Fifteen-Year-Old Self,

I tried to find a picture of you, but I couldn’t. Because you don’t have a digital camera yet. And all those film photos you’ve been taking? Yeah. They’re in a box at Mom and Dad’s house. Sorry.

There are a few things you should know about the future. Life seems pretty good to you right now. You’re having a great year at school, a successful basketball season, and becoming best friends with Dominique. You think that ten years from now you will be well settled in life. In a career you love, probably married, happy, successful, all that jazz…

I hate to burst your bubble, but, unfortunately, most of the time life just doesn’t go the way you think it will. So don’t be surprised when you’re twenty-five, single, paying off college loans, and still not 100% sure what you’re going to be when you grow up.

Some words of advice for you to remember:

– Don’t EVER touch the heated cigarette lighter in the van! It’s just not a good idea.

– Make sure you keep the pink velour pants. You’re still wearing them.

– Enjoy being bill-free while it lasts.

-You’re a pretty nice person…but remember to be loving to the people others like to pick on.

– Please write down (and keep) the recipe for those no-bake cookies you like to bring to school.

– Wear your seatbelt. One day it will save your life.

There’s more, to be sure, but I don’t want to overwhelm you. Just remember that there’s always a bright side around a dark corner, a friend to lean on, a prayer to pray.

Oh yeah. And you should probably unload the dishwasher more often…


About Stephanie Carbajal

Creative freelancer living, working, and playing in the Pacific Northwest.
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3 Responses to Dear Fifteen-Year-Old Self

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  2. patti says:

    It’s fun going back and connecting the dots, isn’t it?

  3. It sure is, Patti…it’s good to see how far you’ve come and how much you’ve changed!

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