What would you say to your 16 year old self? What piece of advice would you offer?
Tonight, as I was doing some work at Starbucks, I noticed a group of female high school soccer players at the table next to me. They were enjoying a hot drink, just hanging out with one another, and I couldnât help but think how different life must be for todayâs teenager in comparison to what it was like when I was their age. You see, I too was a high school soccer player and in that moment it was like there were a whole bunch of âBabyâ Ericaâs sitting right next to me. Except, I think itâs much harder now. The pressure we felt to fit in, compare ourselves to certain people, feel good in our own bodies, maybe fit into family dynamics was intense in high school back in the 1990âs. But, NOW...... with the advent of social media I canât even conceive of that level of pressure at 16/ 17 years old! #wtf!!!!!! ðððððððððð
I imagined, what would I say to my teenage (BABY) self? And, the first thought that comes to mind is âIt will be ok, YOU are okâ. All of the things I was worried about at that age or insecure about are no longer issues for me. Iâm sure thatâs a blessing. But, itâs also a sign of growth. The body I hated and felt FAT in, I now look at this picture and see a BEAUTIFUL young woman. One who will one day step into and feel confident in her power. The social structure I felt beholden to no longer applies. I CHOOSE the energy I surround myself with at this age. Some of itâs the same but some of itâs different too. And, thatâs a beautiful thing. The fears I had (and still have) about my future are replaced with the memories of accomplished goals and completed tasks I never DREAMED of at 17. Like climbing Mount Kenya in Africa and opening my own business. Again, #wtf!!!!!!
So, what would you say to your younger self? And, equally important what would you say to yourself today that is kind and loving to the future you? I hope whatever youâre thinking in your mindâs eye itâs a message of #hope ðð» and #love ð
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