There is a country song out right now called “A Letter to Me” by Brad Paisley. The basic premise of the song is what an adult would say to his 17 year old self if given the chance.
It has caused me to think of what I would say as a 25 year old to myself when I was in high school.
- You really are smart enough.
- Those boys you try so hard to impress are nothing compared to the man you will marry (and get this, you won’t even have to try and impress him- he’ll like you flaws and all).
- Spend more time downstairs hanging out with your family.
- You will one day be able to talk to those girls who make you feel inferior and actually feel good about yourself. And you’ll realize that they really weren’t all that cool.
- Treat everyone in such a way that they will be glad to see you if you run into them in 5 years.
- There are a few people who will be lifelong friends and it might surprise you who they are.
- Don’t be so trusting of some of those girls because you’ll find out later they will turn their back on you.
- Be less concerned about fitting in and be more concerned with having character that you can be proud of when you look back.
- Appreciate the really good teachers you have. Learn from their expertise for more than just a class credit.
- Stop putting things off because it is a very hard habit to break as an adult.
- You have no idea how happy you will be as an adult- and it is completely different than you imagine.
- And a line from the song that I think is a good one: "These are no where near the best years of your life."