Day 4 of NaBloWriMo (National Blog Writing Month)...
Today's prompt: What advice would you give your fifteen-year-old self?
Me (1979): Hello?
Me (2011): Is Deb there?
Me (1979): This is Deb.
Me (2011): Do you have a minute? We need to talk, and it's pretty important.
Me (1979): Who is this? You sound familiar.
Me (2011): I'm you...32 years from now.
Me (1979): Yeah, right. Gail? Is this a joke?? Mark?
Me (2011): No joke. I know this is weird, but I need you to pay attention. Please don't hang up and don't be afraid. Everything will be okay--better than okay if you just listen for a minute.
Me (1979): Okaaaaay...if this is really "ME," you would know I gotta go to marching band practice. Maybe we can do this later...much later!
Me (2011): I know you have to go...marching band is one of the things I need to talk to you about.
Me (1979): What???
Me (2011): You are going to quit band.
Me (1979): What are you talking about? I'm going to Hawaii with the band...I'm not quitting!
Me (2011): I know that's what you think right now. But very soon you will find out the band is going to go to Europe instead of Hawaii and you are going to get all condescending and refuse to go, quit the band, and take the trip money to buy a moped.
Me (1979): Condescending? Sweet! My vocabulary gets better in 32 years! That is good news! As for Europe instead of Hawaii, you don't know what you're talking about!
Me (2011): I know this is hard to believe, but just promise me you won't quit band and you will go to Europe. I know you have no desire to go to a foreign country right now, but this is the only opportunity you are going to get, and you will regret not going for the rest of your life.
Me (1979): " Don't quit band"--got it. Anything else, fairy godmother?
Me (2011): Start planning now where you will attend college. Follow your own dreams and aspirations--not what someone else thinks you should do. Apply for as many scholarships and financial aid assistance as you can, and go to a college that is NOT close to home--dorm and campus life are something everyone should have the opportunity to experience.
There is a huge difference between lust and love. Figure it out now! Do not focus on finding a boyfriend. God has someone very special in mind for but you won't meet for many years, so you have plenty of time to focus on taking care of yourself. Develop better eating and exercising habits now--you will not be rail thin forever!! Metabolism is something you will grow to hate in about 15 years!
And one more thing...whatever you do, stay true to what you know is right and good. If you're in a situation that is feeling wrong or you are uncomfortable, get out--there is always a way out!
Me (1979): K. Whatever. See ya in a hundred years.
Me (2011): Youth is wasted on the young.
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