I read something recently about writing a letter to yourself in the past. I decided that this was an awesome idea. So here is my letter to myself.
Dear 15 Year Old Savannah,
Hi! It is me, well you, from the future. I just wanted to tell you a few things & give you a few pointers for the next ten years.
First of all, you are skinny. That stomach that you hate so much (because your hip bones don't stick out as far as they did when you were 13), those thighs that you wish were thinner...well they aren't here anymore. Stop eating all that junk food - and working out actually means going to the gym! I know its confusing. By the way, while at work, stop eating all the ice cream. Mom was right, it will catch up to you.
Speaking of Mom, she is right more than you know. I know, it sucks, her telling you that she is right and that one day you will realize it...well...she was right. Stop fighting her all the time, she is just trying to do her job. Tell her you love her a little more and spend time with her. She will miss you in the future, when you have a job and school to worry about. You will miss her too, even though you would NEVER admit it.
Thank Mom & Dad for everything they do for you. Come to find out, they have given up a lot for you to be able to do the things you love. Even 10 years later, they are still paying your car insurance. Thank them. They deserve it.
High school isn't everything and the quicker you realize that - the better. Anything that happens in high school doesn't matter in the real world. NO ONE - and I mean NO ONE - cares about who you were in high school. Enjoy it while you can, because in 10 years you will miss it. Responsibility sucks. You will regret all those times you said "I can't wait until I am in my 20's and doing whatever I want!".
So, that boy you are madly in love with...he hurts you. No you won't marry him, even though right now you think that you will. He will make your heart hurt in ways you have never thought possible. You will experience your first heartbreak with him. His selfish ways will cause you to not trust people the same way. It will cause you to build a wall - BUT there is awesome news!! You will meet someone who is great for you. He loves you for you. He doesn't mind when you act like a complete idiot. He is funny, charming and he pushes you to be your best. Best of all, he is taller than you! Don't fight him so much. You are only trying to protect yourself, but you will push him away. Don't worry, he stays with you through the hard times & loves you no matter what.
Also, you will meet your best friends in college (you have some great ones now, but wait until you meet your new ones! They are crazy!). Your very best friend is amazing. She is always there for you...no matter what. Even when you show up randomly, crying on her doorstep, she will be there. She is great. Don't let that friendship go. She is a true friend, who will be there through it all.
College is different. You will hate it & love it all at the same time. You will move home and spend 4 years trying to figure it out. You won't figure crap out, but go ahead and make yourself happy, and pursue your dreams.
You are going to have some hard times ahead of you. You are very lucky to have family & friends who support your decisions. Try to stay as positive as possible. Don't stop smiling. Cry when you need to. You will have a very interesting next ten years.
25 Year Old Savannah
P.S. DON'T get that credit card when you are 20! You will regret it!! (Something else Mom was right about!!)