List Ten Things You Would Tell Your Sixteen Year-Old Self, If You Could.
Let me just say that looking for photos of myself at sixteen was the most painful thing I've done in a long time.
1. Please learn to laugh at yourself. Starting, like, right now.
2. We don't get away with much, do us both a favor and just assume you'll get caught.
"For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil." Ecclesiastes 12.14
3. Along with that, know that there is NOTHING worth the look in mom and dad's eyes when they realize that you've broken their trust completely.
4. Don't apply to so many colleges! It's not worth the time, stress or money. God will make it clear where you're supposed to end up. Pass that on to sixteen year old Jackie, too.
5. You have not met him yet. I repeat. YOU HAVE NOT MET HIM YET. That's all.
6. You don't have to put on a show. Trust that there is strength in
weakness. You're not fooling anyone. They don't actually expect you to
know all the answers. We'll learn as we go.
7. I know you're curious about bangs. Let me help you out: we do not pull them off.
8. Be nicer to Joanna. Her friendship is a gift from God and you should stop taking it for granted.
9. Don't lose your retainers.
10. When you meet that incredibly handsome Harvard football player in Virgina Beach next summer, don't be discouraged when he's not super friendly. Trust me, he's into you. Also, after you meet him you can ignore number five. ;)
I'm really interested to see what my parents and friends who knew me at sixteen think of this list, and what they would like to tell sixteen year old me. I'm confident that five years from now my list will be very different. But at the end of the day, I'm proud of sixteen year old me. She did alright.