Happy 16th birthday! I hope you’re enjoying the freedom of cruising around in your car and continually repeating…”I’m driving around in my lee-tle car. My lee-tle car.” Keep it up because getting your license just started a whole new love for driving and traveling and seeing the world through a new set of eyes.
Keep thanking Mom and Dad for always being there, and don’t forget to thank your brother for keeping you laughing always. You’ve got a built-in best friend, and always thank him for that. 🙂 Cherish the moments you spend at home, the weekends spent skiing, the summers spent outside adventuring, and the times spent with friends. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and live life to the fullest.
When calculus gets tough, stick it out. Spend more time on it, and don’t blame anyone but yourself. You’ve got the brains, just keep up the hard work! It may take a little extra time, but Dad’s right, doing each example three times really does help. And in regards to doing homework right away, please don’t leave your AP Language and Composition Portfolio Semester Project to do until the night before. You don’t need to see any all-nighters until college.
Speaking of college, you’re going to love it. Especially when you step on campus for the first time. 🙂 You should probably just say yes to the college’s offer of admission then, instead of debating between five other schools for 6 months you know deep down you’ll never go to. When you know it’s home, you’ve gotta go. 🙂
You’re going to go in to college as a major you think you can accomplish; don’t be the hero, and don’t be afraid to change your major to what you really want to do. 🙂 That crazy major you thought you could accomplish? Well that’s what got you to your dream school…a blessing in disguise. You’ll like your second major much much better.
When tragedy and hardship comes around, just stay strong. Keep being positive and hold on to the loved ones around you. You’ve got this, and I can guarantee you’ll make it through. Those people helping you through? They’ll be the ones to stick with you through it all. They’re pretty great…don’t forget to thank them. 🙂
Make sure you sing in the car, literally dance in the rain, and buy those rain boots, they’ll come in handy. (And be sure to not eat tooo much ice cream…)
Don’t worry…you can keep watching Sweet Home Alabama and re-reading Harry Potter.
Most of all…know that no matter how far away home is, you’ve always got roots, and wings!