Letter to my 18-year-old self

My sister wanted me to do a letter to my 18-year-old self. She wrote one for herself on Facebook but I’m writing mine on here because long posts on Facebook make me awkward.

Dear 18-year-old self,

This is going to be the crappiest year of your life.

Don’t worry, you’ll pull through it.

You will have your first boyfriend. Don’t take what he says so seriously, Just because he says you should do something, doesn’t mean that it is true. It’s his opinion and it’s just that, an opinion. .. He’s has some really bad opinions.

Your body is a wonderland. Treat it with respect. Eat something. Don’t look to fix your flaws. You actually have very few flaws and you will find over the years that your body is very celebrated.

While we’re on the subject, you should dump people who don’t celebrate your body.

Don’t stop eating. Eat a sandwich. Eat some ice cream. Eat something and on a regular basis.

Your stepfather has no reason to treat you like that, you’re right, they’re wrong. There is no grey area in this.  In a few years you will be free of all of this and will finally be able to get through to your mother and really open up about your feelings. One day she will hear you.

You’re figuring out how to stick for yourself and show your real personality, but in order to do that you need to let yourself be you. You’ve got the spunk,  just work on where you’re coming from.

You’re getting really tired of being called “sweet” and “nice” these are actually good things.

Don’t wear tight shorts to Disneyland.

You’re going to cut all your hair off. People are going to be mean. Your sister is going to tell you that you look like a dike and the Flock of Seagulls lead singer. But you did it for a cause, and you look just fine.

If you can lean over and your underwear shows, it is too short, similarly, if you can see more than two inches of cleavage without leaning over, your shirt is too low.

Showing off your boobs is not the answer. Camisoles are not tank tops! You’re more than a body and you deserve someone who wants more than a body.

Do what you think is right.

Don’t let people bully you for not having sex. Ignore the people who tease you for still being a virgin.  Your integrity pays off in the future.

Lastly,  Don’t worry, you’ll get your diploma, you’ll be in a play, you’ll live on your own. You get to experience everything you ever wanted to and more. You just have to make it happen. Also, be happy. Just enjoy life.

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