Dear 16 year old me;
You have your entire life ahead of you–enjoy! You will be nervous at times but relax. It will all work out. Everything will come just when you need it, never worry.
You will face crisis’s and have heart aches but there will always be someone there to help you. You are stronger than you think and when you are sick of people telling you that and you just want to curl up in a ball and be weak for a bit? You fill find that you really are strong and that weakness just doesn’t feel right for you.
Dear 16 year old me, your life will take you on adventures that you never dreamed would happen to you. You will have two amazing boys who will become fine young men. They will brighten your life and show you things that only children can. You will laugh with them and you will cry with them. They will do things that will scare you and one day your youngest son will fight for his very life but you will all make it through. It will open a new chapter in your life but you will work hard. You will be stronger and a better person for it.
Dear 16 year old me, join the Internet after this crisis with your son! Its a new place that you find using your computer. You will need that connection. You will find support for you and your children there. You will meet friends who will become family. Open up to them because they truly will love you and help you along the way.
With their strength and encouragement, you will take on the world. You might think that you are just one person but you are one person with a voice. You will use that voice and you will change lives. There will be tears and you will think that it just doesn’t matter. You will not always have the support in your personal life that you wish you had but you have the support of those who truly matter. Listen to them, not to the nay-sayers.
Dear 16 year old me, life will be hard but it could be harder. You will suffer losses but you will also have victories in places that you never imagined. Your children will make you cry but they will also make you proud. You will worry but you will also become stronger and more compassionate. You will doubt yourself. You will question your value as a person but look back on all that you have accomplished–that is the account that matters not the one that simply shows dollars and cents.
Dear 16 year old me, listen to your heart. Don’t let fear stop you. Embrace a challenge. Do what you feel is right. You will never go wrong. Remember that you are loved and that that love will always guide you and get your through.
Now go out and enjoy your youth! Embrace each day. It brings new lessons and new blessings–sometimes you just have to look a little harder to see them but they are always there.