Dear 15 year old me,
Hello from 2016. You are living your dream of traveling the world and will be graduating soon! Since I am graduating I have been on a huge soul search to see who I really am and who I want to be. It has been really fun and difficult because not only have you been going through lots of pictures you have been replaying the fun and sad memories. With all of this searching I have discovered things that I wished I would have known back in 2005.
High school is finally here! Congratulations! Fair warning these will be some of the best and worst years of your life. You have grown up with the people that surround you so you will have friends in each class but by now you have already had some let downs that will soon be an answered prayer.
The first thing that I want to tell you is not everyone is your best friend. After graduation you have one best friend that has been through hell and back with you from heart breaks, drill team struggles, and hundreds of miles of distance from college. She is the one person that you can turn to with any problem and she will drop everything to be there for you. Be thankful for the few friendships that will actually last a life time.
Quit being afraid of everything. Raise your hand in class more, you are smarter than you think. Join the club that you have no interest in but will turn out to be your favorite after two years. Try an elective course like floral arrangement not because it will help you get into college but because its a random fact that you can build flower bouquets out of plants in your backyard.
Actually run the mile. I personally want to apologize to all the classes younger than me for making the mile in 8th grade harder. Apparently its not a good idea to run around the school once then hide behind the dumpster and then sprint to the finish line like you have been running the whole time. Running the extra two laps wont kill you. On the health note eat more rabbit food, drink way less soda and drink more water. You still hate it at 22 but you would be a lot healthier if you ate it every once in a while.
Take care of your skin! Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize! When you make drill team (or any other sport) you will be outside for HOURS! Evans loved being outside! You thank her for your awesome tan but not the tan lines. Even though you love the color of your skin when your tan step back from the tanning bed. Sure the sticker outlines are super cute but all the freckles and damage you have done to your skin is not! Ask mom to get a spray tan or learn to love your paleness!
On the subject of mom, take a chill pill! You have put this woman through hell and the funny part is when you get to college she is your best friend. You text/call/FaceTime her more times than you probably should. Mom will always be there for you no matter where you are and will literally drive to the other side of Texas to sit through a football game that your team loses in the rain when she is huge pregnant. Remember she is your Wonder Woman and she has taught you everything that you know.
One other part of your high school life that you should listen to her on is boys. I know that you know everything and she doesn’t know what she is talking about but 9 times out of 10 you wont marry your first high school love. One thing that I would stress to you about boys is that they are just that, BOYS! Sure you have one that you date and think is going to be the best thing in your life but you will later find out that he is a way better friend. You don’t need a BAE you need those A’s! Focus on your grades because college is no joke!
My final part of advice would be to cheer up butter cup. When you are 15 you think that the world is out to get you and you’re super dramatic *cue Miley breakup anthem* but your life is just starting! College is the best time of your life so far and you will want to be ready for it! Take chances, sneak out and then call mom to pick you up, make memories that you will laugh about at your 10 year high school reunion. Just make the most of it. That is my biggest regret is that I could have done more than I did.
You will survive high school. Just 4 years until its done and you are wishing you could start all over.
See you on the other side,