During my freshman year of high school, we were required to write a letter to ourselves in four years, and that letter was delivered to us right before graduation. Similarly, right before graduation, we wrote a senior letter that will be delivered to us in 10 years. I remember writing my note during my freshman English class, thinking to myself, “What’s the point? I won’t be that different in four years.”
But oh, how freshman year Lauren was wrong. I remember reading that letter and laughing at how naive I was, and how much I still had to learn – both about the world and myself. For example, for some reason, I thought that I could put $20 in my letter and forget about it, only to be surprised my senior year. Plot twist, I remembered. I like to think that my senior letter was a bit more mature, but I’m sure I’ll still feel the same way in 10 years.
In the same spirit, I’d like to chat a bit with high school Lauren. Though she may have been young and way too easily excitable, she still deserves credit for trying.
Dear High School Lauren,
Don’t Stress. I know, easier said than done, but just try to breathe every once in awhile. You will get into college, a great college at that, and I promise that one time you got a 45% on a Calculus quiz really does not matter at all. Sleep is important, and being happy is important, so do what you love and somehow find it in you to trust that everything will work out just fine.
Honey, please learn how to say no. You might really love swimming, violin, piano, and teaching swim lessons, but even you can’t do it all and still stay sane. And really, that’s okay. You can do things for fun and on your own time, because there is no point in turning something you love into something you hate just because you are afraid of quitting. It is okay to admit you have too much on your plate, and though you should take advantage of all the opportunities given to you, don’t let them consume you.
Your style will change A LOT, so think a little before you buy that new dress. I know, I know, you are absolutely terrible with money Lauren, and that is something you should work on before you come to college and spend all your money on coffee in the span of a month. Learn to budget and stick to it.
Take a good luck around and appreciate the people you are surrounded by every day, because in reality, your time together is limited. You’ll stay in touch with a few close friends, but odds are, there are some really great friendships you have that won’t follow you into adulthood. That’s natural, so just appreciate how awesome everyone around you really is while you can.
Time flies. Have fun.