In the year 2000 I was 16 years old and life sucked. Because I failed maths, I had to repeat a year with a bunch of students I only knew by sight and it was extremely hard for me to get to know new people and habits. I cried for three month until Christmas until I got used to the new situation. Who knew that I would meet my dearest friends in that class and that 17 years after this, my whole circle of friends, would be based on those new friendships. It turns out that I was wrong about a lot of stuff and that things happened differently as I imagined. I made a list of things I would tell my 16-year-old self if I could.
1. LIFE GETS SO MUCH BETTER IN YOUR 30’S
Now you care so much about what people think about you, about your outfits, about anything you do. In your 30’s you won’t give a damn, you just won’t care. You will go grocery shopping in jogger pants without make up. You won’t stand up at six o’clock to straighten your hair. You will listen to the music you really like, not the one that is so-called cool. You will dance like nobody’s watching. You will wear jeans and flats instead of mini dresses and heels when you go out. You won’t feel unpopular if you’re staying home on weekends.
2. DON’T DRINK GIN
At this time alcohol isn’t a big thing for you, you never tried it yet but in future you will enjoy it, in particular champagne and strawberry margaritas. What you should never drink is gin, you know that stuff your parents drink with tonic as aperitif, it will become hip again and people will pay 15 bucks for a sip of it mixed with tonic and leaves. Gin makes you puke, it will make you puke from alcohol for the first and the last time.
3. BE CAREFUL WITH CREDIT CARDS
You don’t need a new outfit every single weekend. Credit cards are mean, they enable you to buy many things but you should always remember that you have to pay that money back, plus if you saved all that money your 33-year-old self could afford a Gucci Marmont bag.
4. YOU’LL BECOME A POPULAR PARTY GIRL
16-year-old Sarah may have been very shy and dreamy but the 20-year-old one will be a popular party girl. You always wanted to be the popular girl, you will be invited to cool events, free entrance, people will pay drinks for you only because you’re pretty. You will like it a lot but I have to warn you, you will stop being excited about it as you will see that it’s a superficial environment and it won’t make you happy forever being around people who want to go out every night.
5. YOU WILL KISS A LOT OF FROGS BEFORE YOU’LL FIND YOUR PRINCE
Your first kiss will come, be patient! After that first kiss you will kiss a lot and you’ll like it. You will be disappointed by men quite a few times, you will also fall in love and have a heart ache which you think is so terrible that you will never manage to get over it. Men will lie to you to get you in bed. You will have stomach burns analysing every single sentence he said to you. If a man writes you a text at 3 o’clock in the morning it’s not just because he wants to know if you’re fine.
But one fine day you will surf on the internet on your mobile phone, I know that sounds nuts but it will be possible thank some geeks, and you’ll have a date with a guy called Laurent. Go to that date (even if he’s a vegetarian) and one day you will be walking next to him in a very expensive white dress.
6. YOU WILL FAIL MORE THAN ONCE, BUT IT’S FINE.
Maths were your enemy at school, you were really bad at it but unfortunately you chose to take art classes where maths were part of it and you failed again. You had to find a job for a few month and change school. At the new school you managed to, hold your breath… fail again! I know right, who can be that stupid to fail at the same thing again and again? Once more, you met people who are very important to you and that you see at least twice a week now. Through you, this people met your old clique and now we are a bunch of good friends.
Some how you managed to get your diploma, HURRAY, but I have to admit that you frequently dream about sitting in your exams and failing math again, I guess it will haunt you forever. You will have that dream at least once a month.
7. STOP THINKING YOU’RE FAT, YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL
It’s funny that you think you’re enormous even if you’re not. You will never be as skinny as you are now. Belive your father when he tells you everyday that you’re his pretty girl. In the future you’ll look back at pictures and think how pretty you were.
8. YOU’RE SUPER STRONG
Life will be a bitch to you, you will fight twice more than some people you know. Hang in there, you will fight for everything! To get your degree, to find true love, to find a job you like and to fight grief. But as you’re super strong and incredibly positive you will manage it. You won’t lose your positive attitude and remain a smiley person no matter what.
9. YOU’LL BECOME AN ADULT
Yes! Adult as in responsible adult. I know that sounds crazy but somehow you will be very good in doing check lists, you will pay your bills, have a mortgage loan, a life insurance. This stuff doesn’t sound very fun and it isn’t. Sometimes you will be very stressed because you need to provide a lot of money to pay all that adult stuff you need. Don’t worry, all this will be tolerable because as an adult you can decide by yourself that you can adopt a DOG!!! Psst, you will get two of them.
10. YOU’LL BE THE LEAD SINGER IN A ROCK BAND
This is not a joke Sarah! You will write your own songs and music with your girl band. How cool is that! You will sing at concerts and you will love it and you will cry a river when your band, will split. You will become very music interested and go to a lot of festivals and concerts. Music will help you handle many problems in life.
Dear 16-year-old self , don’t worry, everything will be ok. I wish I had known this at your age!