I don't know how wise I am but I do feel as any person gets older and gains life experience they might just have something to say for it. That's the hope anyway. I recently got to thinking about some of the things that I wish I knew sooner..here are a few notes to my 16 year old self...
Don't care so much what others think of you..if you do the right thing you have nothing to worry about.
You really are what you eat and if you take care of your body, your body will take care of you.
Wear your sunscreen. Reapply. The years of sun worshiping are going to catch up all too soon.
Don't worry the awkward stage will end.
Smoking really is not cool.
When it feels like the end of the world it's really not. The sun is going to rise tomorrow and you are lucky to have so many people in your life that love you and will get you through anything.
You wont always get what you want but you will get what you need.
Highschool boys suck..you're not in love.
People are going to hurt you and let you down, it's part of life. The challenge is to forgive, learn and grow. Grudges only hurt you.
Don't speed, it's better to be late and get there in one piece.
Your eyebrows don't need to be twins, just sisters. Put the tweezer down!
Think before you act. Sounds simple enough but there will be so many times you just wont use your noggin.
Be nice to your mom, shes your biggest supporter and really will be your best friend one day even though you don't believe me now.
Make time to pursue your passions no matter how busy you think you are or how far out of reach they may seem.
Keep a journal, start a blog and take more pictures, your going to regret it if you don't.
Sweet sixteens are over rated.
Don't change for anyone, they aren't worth it if they don't like you the way you are.
If you want to argue bring up religion and politics, otherwise, don't.
Laugh at yourself.
Stop being in such a hurry to grow up, it happens so fast!
Be nice to everyone, everyone deserves respect. You don't always know where they are coming from.
Please, enjoy every second of high school and college.
Money can't buy happiness but it is important, as much as people pretend it isn't, it is. You need it to live. So, work hard so that you can have a career that makes you happy and will give you the life that you deserve.
With that said...you want to be a nurse...know this now so that you don't have to spend an extra year of tuition for switching majors.
Last, but not least..life is too short. Let things go, you take life to seriously at times. Try not to get caught up in the drama, focus on being happy because this is your one life to live..make it count.