Monday, January 23, 2012

A Letter To my 18 Year Old Self....

Talking to a friend today, she told me about writing a letter to a great girl that just turned 18. As she wrote her letter of encouragement, she realized that she was talking to her 18 year old self...what she would have loved someone to say to her then.....

Her letter made me think....
what would I tell my 18 year old self......


You are 18 now...the world at your finger tips. I know how excited you are to get out there and change the world, but before you go.....

Here are a few things I wish you would have known then.......

Before you get on that plane, turn around and give your momma and sister just one more hug. I know they called for passengers to board, but give them one more hug. You don't realize this now, but you are going to miss them more than you ever knew possible. You are going to tell yourself, and everyone around you that you are fine...but trust me, give them one more hug....the plane can wait...
One day, you'll know that they were praying for you every night and were scared to death to let you go, but they still cheered the loudest at everything you did, because to them....you are something special...

Don't forget your friend....you know the one that always told you that you would do amazing things? Believe her.....and be sure to tell her thank you for never failing to forgive you for taking her for granted.
 And about friends.....you will learn that it will never matter how many you have, but having one that matters makes all the difference.

Be careful with your words....they do in fact hurt. Take time to think things out, because once it is said, it can never be taken back.....

Enjoy the beauty all around you....don't take it for granted. One day you will want to go back to all of these places just to make sure they are real and to make sure you weren't dreaming.....and take pictures too. One day you will wish you had....

Boys....oh, boys.....you will have your heart broken by a few.....but one day, sweet girl, you will have a few boys in your life that will tell you they love you 10 times a day.
One will call you his wife, and the other two will call you mommy....and then you will know that there are no other boys in the whole world that will ever matter as much as they do....

Oh....and don't worry about getting older....one day, and I know you won't believe this now....but, there will be a girl that makes you feel young again. She will look so much like you, you will feel like you are watching yourself growing up all over again. She will have your hair....and your eyes.....and your silly sense of humor. She will be the reason you want to be a better person.
She is going to call you mommy....and when she says it for the first time, it will take your breath away....

I am almost finished now...and I'll let you be on your way....but remember this....

YOU are an amazing child of God....nothing you will do could change that.
Just know that life won't be perfect, but it will be good and it only gets better, you just wait and see.....
 handle it with care



7 comments:

  1. Aw, this is so sweet. I LOVE this post. Makes me happy. Thanks for sharing this.

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  2. This is fantastic, I hope you are going to print this off and give it to your kids when they turn 18. They will love this.

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  3. sister.... i love you! you are amazing!!

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  4. I am totally tearing up right now. This is absolutely beautiful, Carmella. I think it is so poignant that all of your advice revolves around relationships and family. How precious to acknowledge that these are the most important of all of our things. Just beautiful!

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  5. Oh My! I am almost speechless. This is just a beautiful, beautiful letter. I especially liked the part about boys and giving one more hug. Thanks for sharing what would have been your letter.

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