A Letter To My Younger Self

So...someone sent me an article yesterday in which the writer wrote a letter to their younger self and gave some pointers and advice from the future. There were some good reminders in there and I was inspired by the idea so decided to write a letter to my 16 year old self. So here it goes:  

Dear 16 year old Jill,

Here are a few things I want you to know:

1. You are growing up in about the coolest place anyone could grow up. Enjoy it. Go to the ocean more. When you move away, you will find yourself longing for it. It will always be home.

2. Get over the whole "discontent" thing. Learn how to be content. Life is made up of seasons. Some will be awesome and some will really suck. It all balances out...so be balanced yourself. Consistency is key.

3. I swear it gets better than high school. Hang in there.

4. Your parents are the best. If you don't think so right now, it's because you are young and think you know it all. Guess what? You never will know it all. But your parents are the best you could ask for. That's all you need to know. Love and value them daily.

5. It turns out you actually are not so bad at that whole music thing, so stop being insecure about it. Learn from people who are willing to teach you. Every single pointer you get, you will find incredibly useful over the next several years. Be teachable.

6. There are people in your life now who won't be there for much longer. Be present and love those who are in your life right now. You will find yourself missing them soon.

7. Relax. Anxiety will continue to creep up on you and try to take your joy. Chill out and don't take yourself so seriously. Also...some people just aren't going to like you. Stop caring if they do. It's really quite freeing.

8. Journal more. Do it! You always start the year out strong and then get lazy. Memories can be lost if they're not documented. Write, write, write.

9. You have amazing friends. You have since pre-school and there will continue to be more and more great ones. I don't know how you are so blessed other than the fact that God has put amazing, real, quality people in your life. Some day you will realize what a gift this is and has always been.

10. Good news: I promise you will never have to use any of that geometry/trigonometry crap that you hate and are horrible at!

11. Get rid of the grudges sooner than later. Let it go. Let. it. go.

12. Your future is going to blow your mind. Hold on for quite a ride.

Love, Jill from the future :)

What would you say to your younger self?