Prompted by the snippets of song, I threw a question out to my Twitter and Facebook friends. “If you could write a letter to yourself at 17, what would you say?” Their answers were so insightful, funny, touching and real that I just had to share them with you and with the young people in my life.
Dear Me, This is you in the future. only advice i can give you, LISTEN TO YOUR PARENTS!! YOU DONT KNOW SHIT YET! love older me. – James
Party even more! – Sue
Get over the Bad Boy infatuation FASTER! – Hillary
You are a way bigger deal than you give yourself credit for. Also: take voice lessons. – Peter
Dump her. – Steve
Buy Apple & don’t throw out all of those old comic books… – Craig & Jeff
Don’t let people stop you from going after you dreams! Even if it is “the one you love” – Laura
GO TO COLLEGE!!!!! – Celeste
Save as much money as you are bringing in and never spend more than you have. Go to every class in college. No half assing it!!! – Rachel
Only listen to advice from true mentors. If dont have one, find one. – Greg
When you move to Austin in 8 years, buy stock in Dell Computer – Thom
This person UR madly in love w/right now…there will be at least 20 more just like him/her in your life…follow YOUR dreams – Traci
After all is said and done, your true friends will always reveal themselves. – Liz
Trust your instincts. They’re better than you think. – Mindy
Experience everything fully… the good and the painful. It will make you a resilient, strong person. – Lori
Always do what you love… – Carla
Pay more attention to detail in the entrepreneurial class you’ll one day take. – Mike
Let life teach you through your experiences and network. The more you do, the more you get. – Caleb
Find a good therapist, NOW. – Jamie
Throw caution to the wind.. discover your passion & immerse yourself in that.. embrace the joys of living & dismiss the haters – Steve
Love fully. Laugh often. Do not be afraid to cry. Smile at strangers. Do not be afraid to make mistakes, but always learn from them. Never let the ones you love doubt how you feel about them. Understand and accept that life is going to take you through detours and roadblocks, but the only thing that matters is enjoying & learning from the journey. Live a life of integrity. No regrets. Let compassion, tolerance and determination be your guiding principles. Find your passion and hold onto it through everything. Love Yourself. – Me …
Was the song by chance “Letter to Me” by Brad Paisley? If not, listen to it. It’s very much similar – about if he could tell his young self what to do, what he’d get through that he thought at the time he never would, etc. Very good song.
Can I write a post that piggy backs off of this on my own blog? I’ll be sure to link it back to yours as my inspiration!
This is a great question but bittersweet. Your doing a great job, you are being prepared daily for a life that will serve others.
Thanks for the blog!
Great BlogPost Gloria!! I like the answers 🙂
Really enjoyed this post. To my 17 year old self…..gosh, what would I say. You may have spurred me to write a post similar – if that is OK