In a few hours, I will officially be 28. Tomorrow, exactly 10 years before, I was at my Winter Formal with my closest friends and our dates, where I was a Winter Formal Princess, and later became Queen. Everyone at the dance sang Happy Birthday to me as I took my scepter. It was the best 18th birthday party I could ask for.
So much has happened since then, but those memories are still fresh in my mind. I've been thinking a lot lately about what I was like at that age, the "tender" age of 18, where the world was still at my fingertips. I remember reading something a few weeks ago about celebrities writing letters to their 18 year old selves, and I thought that with my impending birthday, this would be a great opportunity to look back and see what I would tell my 18 year old self.
So here goes.
All the things that have and will happen to you, good and bad, will turn out just as you suspected: that everything happens for a reason. And just as you suspected (and hoped and prayed for), everything would turn out great in the end. The few times in your life, where you feel lost, unsure of yourself, unsure of anyone else's guidance, will turn out to be a great learning experience. This is a time when you will learn the true meaning of falling flat on your face, and picking yourself up again. And another thing, IT. IS. OH.KAY.. to let yourself BE lost for a while. Because of that, you will be able to find out what it is that you want, in your career and your relationships. And speaking of relationships, the boys you meet, the ones you knew you didn't see a future with, are simply paving the way for you to be at that bar, exactly on that night, in the very spot where you meet the one worth meeting, and staying for.
Keep that strong, self-assured, no-nonsense attitude- it's your meal ticket.
And don't worry too much about what your parents think or say. They're only right 20% of the time. Go on and trust your instincts and keep strong your faith in God. You will be lead to exactly where you want to be, even if you don't know where "it" is just yet.
xoxo, 28-year-old you