08 February 2012

Dear Emily...

Dear Emily,

I believe you are 3 in this picture. That's a mighty forehead you have! {thanks Dad!} At 25, there are a few things I've learned in my quarter century of living that I think you might find helpful. Here's some advice:

1. Find joy in the little things in life. You'll develop a love of shopping but find that material things only bring you happiness for a short amount of time. Instead, focus on things like sunshine, cooking, dancing and whatever else makes you happy.

2. Love yourself. Every freckle, every ounce of yourself. I can't lie, there are a few awkward years ahead of you {i.e. short boyish hair-dos and braces}, but you'll get through them. Don't spend time wishing you were something that you're not. If people can't love you for who you are, then they aren't worth having in your life. Stay true to yourself.

3. Spend your time with people who bring out the best in you. I can't tell you how many hours you'll spend later in life crying over things you have no control over, or people who are mean to you. Rise above it. Remember, being kind is your best defense mechanism.

4. Laugh. A lot. Like a lot. It'll get those endorphins flowing, and your mind on endorphins is a pretty awesome thing.

5. Be creative whenever you can - keep nurturing that part of yourself. You don't know it now, but later in life you'll wind up wanting to turn that creativity into a career somehow.

6. You'll do it anyway, but don't spend time worrying about boys so much. You'll find a good one {trust me, you will!}

7. I hate to break it to you, but you're going to be bad at driving. Like really bad. In fact, you won't pass your drivers test the first time you take it, so be prepared for that. Don't be disappointed though, you pass your test the next time you take it. Just don't start your own taxi service.

8. Anxiety is going to be a part of your life, which will be a good and a bad thing. It'll make life a little denser, full of a lot more emotion. And at times, it will seem unfair. Just know that more people will be understanding of it than you think. And know that you'll become a much more sensitive person because of it.

9. You're going to be clumsy. There will be days when you can't keep one foot in front of the other, and so you'll trip a lot. And run into things. Embrace it. And laugh at it.

10. You're going to dislike fish. You just will. Having them as pets may seem like a good idea, but it's not. You'll have them later in life, and they'll die shortly after you get them - you're basically the Grim Reaper of fish. And swimming in any body of water with them, forget it. Stick to chlorinated pools.


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