A Letter to My Teenage Self

Dear Stacey,

You probably won’t listen to this, either because a) you’re too stubborn, b) you think you know everything, c) you’re a teen who thinks they’re too above it all, or, d) all of the above. Probably d.

First I know you think you’re fat. Trust me, you’re not. You won’t get fat till you’re at least 19. Enjoy your thinness while you can. Wear that bikini, show off your thin curvy body, flaunt your perky (till 16) boobs. Oh, and please throw out your gigantic yellow pants. Everyone will thank you for that.

Don’t worry about getting pregnant. You won’t. Ever. And it’s ok. And don’t worry about having a boyfriend that only lasts for two weeks because you feel nothing for him. You’ll fall in love with the most wonderful man when you’re 17 anyways.

Be social! Don’t limit yourself to only a few friends, you’ll regret it later in life. And don’t think that someone can dictate who your friends can be. They can’t. Ever.

You’re a pot head. But only for your highschool career and that’s ok. Like most things it doesn’t last. Enjoy it while you can. You’ll have fun stories to tell when you get older. Besides, being high is way more fun than drinking, it helps you sleep, your mom will never find out (unless you tell her), and you don’t get a hangover in the morning. It’s all win!

Visit with your dad as much as possible, or not at all. He won’t be in touch with you once you grow up anyways. But you kind of knew that anyways didn’t you?

Speak your mind! You always stifle yourself so as not to upset others. You’re an opinionated person and your thoughts should be heard. They’re of worth and so are you.

It’s ok to be dorky. Embrace your inner geek, the part of you that wants to spend all weekend holed up in the basement playing Zelda. Others may not think it’s cool, but to you it is, and that’s what counts.

Finally, accept yourself for who you are, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Love,

The future you.

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