Do you remember when you were 18?
Do you remember thinking that "oh I can't wait until I can do things on my own", "well when I grow up..." "I wish I was older" etc.
I feel like I wished those young years away waiting for the years when I would become entirely independent and could make all decisions on my own. Did anyone else do these things?
I wish I could have temporarily pushed the fast forward button to see what life would bring me, and that I should sit down, shut up, and enjoy the ride!
Dear 18 year old me,
I wish you were able to understand the sacrifices your parents made for you growing up. They are not your enemies and will one day become your best friends. Cherish the time you share with them, as dad always said...you will miss them when they are gone.
Is that harmful relationship you're in doing anyone any good? You will never be able to "save" him and you deserve so much more. In fact, you will marry a man who will surpass all of your wants and needs in a man. Leave that boy behind.
Your sister is pretty cool, she may think you're weird now, but she will love you so much later in life. Give her a break.
Be more outgoing. Say hello to others. Take time to smile and speak to your elders. Don't hide your faith.
Enjoy the debt free life. Paying bills isn't as cool as it looks.
Your parents may embarrass you now. You will live through it and it won't even phase you in years to come.
Your 24 year old self
What things do you wish you could tell your 18 year old self? I admire 18 year olds that I meet who have their head on their shoulder more than I might even now.
Prom 2007 with my best friends from high school
Right after Joe and I had met. We look like babies!!