So I saw on someone else's blog a really great post and wanted to do one like hers. She wrote a letter to herself...when she was 17. It was touching to read and bought me back to when I was 17 and a senior in high school. If only we could go back in time. Oh the things we would tell ourselves. Do you agree? What would you tell 17 year old you? This is what I would say to me....
Dear 17 year old Delia,
It's September of your senior year in high school and you're freshly turned 17. You feel on top of the world...like nothing can bring you down. Cherish every moment because you only get to do them once. I know you will but take in every detail...the smell, the sounds, the feelings. That way you can remember them for longer than someone else may.
Take more pictures....you can never have enough pictures.
When he breaks your heart, don't worry because life goes on and you will love again. Don't give yourself to anyone no matter how confused you get....there is no rush and you'll know when you're truly ready. It's ok to cry about it, but it's not ok to let it prevent you from getting out of bed in the morning and fearing going to school. You're better than that and no one will ever make you feel that way ever again, because this teaches you how to not to let them.
Love every minute in your dinky 92' Geo Storm because it will crap the bed in a year. Roll the windows down and turn on N'Sync as loud as it can go. And save that picture of you laying on the roof of it lol.
Drama doesn't last forever so don't let it consume you. Be nice, even when you don't want to be because it's better to look back and know you were a good person rather than a bully. One day someone that you were nice to in high school will tell you that, and it will show you how good of a person you were then and still are now.
Love the sport....love every time you put your uniform on and go on the field, or the mat. Live it, breathe it, and cherish. That sport has made you exactly who you are and who you will be in the future. If only you knew how important you will be to that sport when you turn 21.
Don't worry about missing out on things others are doing this year. You'll be in college next year (and yes you get into your #1 choice) and you'll realize that college is way better than high school. You will end up switching colleges after Freshman year, but it will be the best decision you will ever make.
Cherish your friends because after graduation some of them will not be your friends anymore and many of them you will loose touch with. Don't fear this though because you will meet amazing friends in college who will become your sisters. The quote, "You meet your girlfriends in high school but you meet your bridesmaids in college," really is true.
Enjoy paying $1.00 a gallon for gas, having no debt, sleeping all day on the weekends, using your aol screen name, spending an entire paycheck on clothes without feeling guilty, watching the first season of American Idol with mom, getting ready in the morning for school with your sister, bad 90s pop music and spending 3 months off in the summer doing absolutely with no care in the world.
Every choice you make will be the right one, don't worry. Remember, to be who you are because you will be happier that way. Don't pressure yourself to be a certain kind of person in 2 years, 5 years, or 10 years. In 8 years you will not be doing what you thought you would be doing, knowing who you thought you would know, and living where you thought you would live. It's ok though because you will be happy and you will realize that life can not be planned....it just happens.
26 year old Delia