Looking back, it doesn’t seem as bad as I once thought it was. I remember living through it all—getting my first boyfriend, taking college prep tests, losing people who I thought I’d be friends with forever—and it was freaking stressful, I’ll give you that.
But I made it through. Look at me now, look at everything I’ve overcome. Sometimes, it’s really easy for me to forget about everything that I had to do to get to this point. It was craziness!
Always remember to put life in perspective. Yes, life is crazy right now, but that doesn’t mean that my problems didn’t mean anything when I was sixteen. Right now sixteen-year-old me is stressing out about getting into college and having good grades and keeping up with friends and looking cute for that upcoming date. I look back on you fondly. It was such a fun and innocent time.
But there was also sadness and depression and hardship that came along, too. I remember the pressure I felt to be skinny, thin, and beautiful. I remember hating food, hating my body, and hating that life always seemed to work against me.
Although there were little blips of happiness, being sixteen was not easy. Those first years of being an adult, finishing high school, moving off to college, and living on my own were brutal. I hated myself. I wanted to die.
When I was sixteen, it seemed like the whole world was in front of me, at my fingertips, but somehow still out of reach. It was scary and intimidating. I never felt good enough.
But after some counseling, meeting real & true friends, and learning to love myself, I can proudly say to my sixteen-year-old self that I can and will overcome.
Getting through those teenage years may be hard, but being a twenty-something can be even harder. I can look back now, happy for myself. I can love myself. I am proud of where I am.
So dear sixteen-year-old me, rest assured. I made it. I’m finally in my twenties, and I’m killing it. The journey really was as hard as it looked, as I gazed into my future from high school. I can still look ahead, and imagine where I’ll end up, and what kind of job I’ll have, and who I’ll marry. But now I’m armed with the tools to succeed. I’m confident in the person I’ve become, because of all of those crazy times as a sixteen-year-old and early adult.
I can take all of the lessons I learned from growing up and confidently stride into the unknown. It's so easy to forget about all that I've accomplished, and all of the demons I've banished, because of the stresses of today. It's good to look back and say, Hey, wow, I did that. I got through that difficult time. Somehow, I made it. Because when you put life into perspective, we only face the problems we’re strong enough to conquer.
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