Thursday, September 17, 2009

What would you tell yourself?

I love the words to Braid Paisley’s “Letter to Me”

If I could write a letter to me and send it back in time to myself at 17, here are some things I’d say:

Acne doesn’t last forever.
It’s OK to fail, as long as you learn from your failures.
Sometimes you have to lose.
Watch your speed limit on North Hills Road.
Study for the chemistry exam instead of going skiing with your boyfriend.
Who cares about a silly pageant anyway?
Keep playing the violin.
Don’t go parking on that dark country road. The cop shows up.
You will survive the breakup and your life won’t end, in fact, it turns out pretty great.
Tell your mom and dad every day that you love them. And Wendy, too.
Apologize to your dad for keeping him up pacing the kitchen floor at night, worrying until you come home.
Don’t hog the bed and give your little sister some room. She’ll never forget how mean you were.
Don’t worry so much.
Tell your teachers how much they inspire you.
Mom and Dad really do know what they're talking about.
Be a better daughter, sister and friend.

I could go on and on, but how about you? What are some things you would tell yourself? I’m sure it’s way different for guys, too. Waiting to hear from you guys.


  1. I love that at least two of your items involve avoiding cops.

    I don't know what I'd tell myself. I really wouldn't, I don't think. Maybe that sounds weird. But I like how things have turned out, and I wouldn't want to do anything to change that.

    PS - Acne DOES SO last forever. At least so far!!

  2. I'd have to agree, the acne does last, but I'd tell my young self not to worry about it because at least I don't have laugh lines or mom-pudge!

    Great read Buffy. Made me laugh.