Dear 19 year old Holley,
You’re receiving a letter from the future. Don’t question the logic. Just listen up.
I come to you 15 years smarter. You feel pretty smart right now. You’re semi-delusional. You get much wiser. Also (bad news) you have a lot of grey hairs.
There’s a lot of things I could warn you against. You’ll eventually be ashamed of your sweet Britney Spears. There is truly no sitcom as beautiful as Friends. What were you thinking wearing a cowboy hat in your yearbook photo?
But if I could offer you one piece of really helpful advice, it would be this:
Listen carefully. This is important.
Stop worrying. Relax and enjoy life. It’s all going to work out just fine.
You’ll find a really amazing man.
You’ll laugh and cry a lot.
You’ll miraculously be able to survive childbirth and will never imagine your life any other way.
You’ll eat a lot of trash. Stop eating trash. Eat more green stuff. You’ll feel better.
You’ll become a runner. It will make you strong and help you feel empowered. I wish you wouldn’t have been so scared to try athletic things growing up, certain that you couldn’t do it or weren’t fast enough or coordinated enough. You are tough and knowing this makes you feel proud.
Drink more water.
But make sure you enjoy life!
Drink a lot of coffee. Read the newspaper whenever you aren’t reading “Little Critter Goes to the Dentist.” While you’re at it, go to the dentist.
Eat fat burritos full of guacamole.
Tell people what you love and appreciate about them.
And for goodness sake, stop worrying!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Old lady Holley