Letter to 18 Year Old Me

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My mom and me on my 18th birthday

You think you are so smart in that outfit.

Let me tell you something little girl.

Buckle down, work hard, keep strong.

Don’t lose site of this relationship.

He is the right one and he does love you more than you know.

You are screwing up and you think you’re right so listen to your mom,

she’s right, as usual.

You can’t eat everything.  You will be fat and you will be miserable.

I know you can’t imagine that now, but if you don’t watch it,

it’s going to happen when you leave home and it’s going to be bad.

As for your mom? Be kind to her.  She is your best friend and you can’t even see it.

She isn’t going to be around forever.  You are going to miss her so much.

You will be lost without her when she’s gone. Take time to be close now.

Family is everything. I mean everything.  Don’t lose sight of that.

They are really the only ones who will always be there for you.

Always.

And remember that you are precious.  You are God’s child.  He doesn’t make mistakes.

He loves you always.

Never forget just how loved you truly are.

You will make a great nurse someday.  Just stay the course, little girl.

Stop being so stubborn and thinking you know everything.

You don’t know one damn thing about the world.  You’re still a child,

but that’s okay.  You’re just learning.  You’re getting your wings on.

You will learn, just don’t learn things too fast.

Stay the course, remember the love and be kind.  Okay? Just do it.

Now get on with your life.  There’s so much out there. Be careful.

3 thoughts on “Letter to 18 Year Old Me

  1. An ode to self-compassion if ever there was one….you are being your own best friend, and what a beautiful thing to witness…so very poignant…we don’t get it, until we get it….there’s a quote I love, it says, “Be the person you needed when you were younger”…and this poem makes you exactly that type of person. And the best thing is, you’ve realized that you owe it to your younger self to be there for her–rather than condemning her for any mistakes she made…you don’t deny her existence and you haven’t forgotten her and left her behind…that is a beautiful thing…as is your writing….thanks for sharing 🙂

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