Letter to me at 18 on Graduation Day:
Now that you have graduated from high school (a.k.a. the winter of your discontent), you are now ready to go to college (a.k.a. the best time of your life). Right now you aren’t sure what you want to be when you grow up. Don’t worry about it, you won’t actually know until you are 30 (and even then, you’ll still be trying to figure it out). Right now all you can think about is how you can’t drive out of the high school parking lot fast enough (you will actually miss that beasty-brown-gold-interior-having-eight-track-playing-pile-of-pure-
70s-awesomeness that you are driving). Here is some friendly advice from your future self.
*Be careful about choosing friends – watch what they do, not what they say, to determine what kind of person they are. However, these experiences will hone your frienemy and palligator radar that will come in handy later.
* Those kids who were mean to you growing up and the guys you think are cute right now are losers in their 30s. Trust me. Pay attention to the late-bloomers – they are the ones that are smart and genuine and sweet and funny (not to mention hot) when they grow up.
* Turn your dreams of scuba diving, snowboarding, surfing and traveling into realities. I highly recommend Hawaii’s north shore, Belize, Tulum, Wales, Edinburgh, Puerto Peñasco, and Tabyana beach on Roatan.
* Go see your grandmas more often, even if they aren’t the kind of grandmas that give hugs and bake cookies.
* Being a surfer, snowboarder, skater, or soccer player is NOT the ultimate qualification for determining boyfriend material.
* Your faith in God will become the most important thing you have. Keep it close to your heart and let it become the best influence on your life. Keep learning and growing in the gospel, you have so much more to understand.
* Take Spanish instead of French.
* The most important thing I can tell you, is that you have more figured out than you think you do. You had it figured out at age 5. But somehow, the unstable ridiculousness of jr. high and high school combined with a crap home-life has convinced you otherwise. Don’t second guess yourself and start believing that everyone around you must know better. You are an alright kid – you just need to believe it yourself.
The best days are yet to come, and it just keeps getting better. There are things to learn and places to go and you are just getting started.