For the month of April, I am participating in the Health Activist Writers Monthly Challenge (#HAWMC). Each day in April, I’ll try to post something related to the daily prompt for this challenge. Follow along with other participants on Twitter orFacebook, or visit WEGO Health for more information about the challenge.
Today’s prompt: Write a letter to yourself at age 16. What would you tell yourself?
I know that 11 years later, I’m supposed to be able to write to you and impart some kind of wisdom. I’m supposed to tell you things like, “Boys aren’t worth all those tears” or “Don’t date that particular person when you’re 18″ or “Take advantage of some amazing opportunity.”
I’m sorry, younger me, but I don’t have gems like that to offer. I can tell you that every poor decision teaches you something. I can tell you that you will get tested. There are some wonderful things in your future and some things that I wouldn’t wish upon you. But the worst things, the hardest things, teach you the most.
All I can give you, little me, is a quote that I have come to adore.
As for the rest, you’ll figure it out. I won’t give away all the secrets and spoil your fun. But all the hard times are worth it, Lauren. I promise.