I saw this video a few months ago after it was posted on blogs and by friends on facebook...
Because I tend to have a bit of a hypochondriac streak, of course I immediately began worrying about that awful sunburn I got when I was 17 and all of those times I forget to reapply sunburn, and of course I started wondering if my spf 30 is really enough and maybe I should go put some on right now even though I'm indoors blah blah blah *insert insane thought here.* ANYWAYS, aside from the important message, I thought the concept behind this video was beautiful. I have written letters to my FUTURE self many times, and enjoyed reading them in the "future." But to give advice to my 16 year old self? Oh where to even begin...
Dear 16 year old Me,
Listen carefully to what I'm about to tell you...
Be patient with your parents. You may be right that they don't understand you, but they're trying.
Stay away from the scale. No seriously. It seems harmless, but it will do more damage to you than you can understand right now.
Stop telling yourself that you're not athletic. Go for a run. Walking does not mean you're a running failure.
Come to think of it, quit being afraid to do things just because you might fail at them. Not trying at all is the bigger failure.
Stop bleaching your hair. You will spend the next 5 years trying to repair the damage.
You deserve to be happy.
It's okay to make mistakes. Embrace it, learn from it, and move on.
No one cares what your high school GPA was. No one really cares what your college GPA was either. Put down the books once in awhile and have some fun!
Repeat after me: "I am smart. I am beautiful. I am strong." Say these words over and over again, every day.
What advice would you give your 16 year old self?