Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Notes to My 17 Year Old Self



If I could go back in time and talk to my 17 year old self, here is what I'd say.

(1) Wear sunscreen. No really, baby oil isn't a good idea.
(2) Eat more greens and exercise.
(3) Be sweet to everyone you meet.
(4) Pick a hobby and stick with it. Doing what you love can take you places.
(5) Go work at Google before starting college and only get paid in stock.
(6) Enjoy your youth. There is nothing like it.
(7) You really can do anything with your life.
(8) Spend time with dad. He will be gone next year.
(9) Smile more and complain less. Life is good.
(10) Don't worry. Everything works out great. :)



What would you tell yourself?

43 comments:

  1. Such a great post!! I agree with so many of your things especially the wearing sunscreen and enjoying your youth! Oh and floss! It prevents cavities in a big, big way!

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  2. Laugh, laugh and laugh some more!!!!!!!

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  3. This is absolutely beautiful, Marcie. While there are certainly things that I would have done differently, I guess that I'd have to just tell myself that it's all going to be okay!
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  4. i would tell myself to not worry so much about college and enjoy my high school years! i was always worried about the future and not always living in the moment! lovely post marcie!

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  5. Great list :) I wish I could tell a lot of those things to my 17 year old self!

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  6. this is so funny..very true so many things i would say to myself if i could turn back time {love the post} xx

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  7. What an insightful post, Marcie.:D

    I would tell my 17 year old self a lot of things.. one would be to believe in love, you'd meet him two years from now.:D

    *** Marie @ allthingsmarie.com ***

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  8. Today was my birthday and I can not tell you how much I love your post as I was reflecting on the many years that have gone by already! Thank you for this...I feel as though I might write one of my very own! Such lovely things and even touching things...your #8 brought tears to my eyes! Thank you for sharing, Marcie!

    Liesl :)

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  9. I agree with all of these, especially the Enjoy your youth. We really have no clue how good we have it when we're young and free to do whatever we may please. It's sad sometimes to think I didn't take full advantage of that:(

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  10. Hi Marcie - I might be a little tired and overworked, but your #8 just made me cry. I'm tremendously sorry about that. *hug*

    If I could tell my 17 year old self something it would be: slow down and listen to what your heart is telling you. Live for yourself.

    That and run hard and don't look back.

    xoxo,
    Carrie

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  11. Marcie, I love this!!! #8 made me cry a little, and I'm sorry girl. I've been overly emotional these days so yeah.

    Have a fantastic day. :)

    xoxo

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  12. This totally make me emotional...I love nr.4, 7 , 9 and 10....and I would add...enjoy everyday:)

    Kisses,sweetie

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  13. Oh, I would tell my 17 year old self so much that she would, for sure, stop listening after about the first 10 minutes, because that is what 17 year olds do. Ha ha

    #1 thing that I would tell her is that she doesn't need to grow up so fast.
    #2 That she is capable of a lot more than she thinks she is.
    I still have diaries from that time in my life and when I read them I really want to help that young girl.

    Thanks for this very thought provoking post. I love it!
    Joyce

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  14. That is the craziest thing, Marcie, I was JUST thinking to myself as I was running this morning, I should have stuck with playing the cello. Wouldn't it be cool to play in a band? But no, I decided it was uncool. Boo! If only I had known!

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  15. love this post!
    #8 makes my heart smile and ache.

    xx
    callie

    ps I can post comments from work. For some reason the profile selector won't let me sign in on google.

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  16. This is a wonderful post.
    I would probably tell myself to love more, and worry less about what people thought of you. :)

    <3 Kelly

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  17. That everything will turn out OK!


    xx
    Nikki

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  18. Aww, this is lovely. What would I say? Hmm. Possibly, 'You know that guy you just kissed at the beach? In ten years time you're going to settle down with him and have a really cute baby.' And my younger self would say, 'No WAY!?'.
    Cool post :)

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  19. I would tell myself to not worry about upsetting others or listening to what they say. It will be OK.

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  20. I LOVE this post. i would tell myself to not worry so much about tomorrow.

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  21. Love this post... I'm sorry about #8... I think I'd have to tell myself to go out with a certain guy because we never got together and there's always been something there and now it's too late to find out!!

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  22. Oh, Marcie this is such an awesome post. Your #8 made me tear up. I'm so sorry.

    This reminds me of the sunscreen song. There's really so much valuable advice in it (and in your list). If I could go back, I'd tell myself to take more risks, be nice to my parents and siblings, enjoy living at home because home cooked meals don't make themselves, watch out for WOW chips-the warnings on the bag are there for a reason, and vodka mixed with diet coke is not a proper dinner.

    xo
    Valerie

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  23. I was seventeen just two years ago and I already have a whole list of things I wish I could have known back then that I do now. Number one being: Life works out. Stop trying to figure out the future because things WILL change.

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  24. Great post Marcie..
    I'd probably tell myself laugh more, hug Grandpa Butch more, learn how to cook & sew, and take lots & lots of pictures of all the adventures!

    anna

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  25. Awww Marcie, wow this really makes me teary. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad.
    I would definitely tell myself a lot of similar things. I think #1 would be that there was NEVER anything to worry about, that everything will always work out.. Such a great post.

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  26. Amen to #1!!! I was a Florida teen who baked!

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  27. Marcie, this post is truly wonderful but # 8 gave me the chills and made me a bit teary eyed. All of it is making me so nostalgic and makes me really think about my daughter and how much I want her to enjoy and love her youth.
    naina

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  28. Great post. So sorry for #8 :(

    As for what I'd tell myself...
    -ignore the snotty/rude girls. They'll be the same in 10 years.
    -be nice to my mom
    -enjoy your youth, it goes by too quickly!

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  29. i am now really inspired to write letters to a younger me and to the future me. i think that's a really great idea. :)

    i think i would tell the 17 year old me to be strong and don't lose hope. :D

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

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  30. This gave me chills! What a wonderful list. I would tell myself to not sweat the small stuff and to also take better care of myself.

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  31. Your advice looks so much like what I would love to be able to tell my own 17 year old self...all those years ago! Great idea for a post, so thought provoking!

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  32. Wow what a great post, and all so true! If only we knew then what we know now . . .funny to think about I guess!! New follower! =)

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  34. Love this post. There are so many things I would want to say to my young, little, naive 17 yr old self... but in the end I think it would just simply be to relax and live. Enjoy the moments, they're gone so quickly. And yes, to actually wear sunscreen!
    xx

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  35. Absolutely love your list. I don't know if there is anything I would add.

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  36. And love your blog too btw :)

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  37. I like your list of words of wisdom :)

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  38. Hey Marcie Girl! Aw, I loved this! You have a beautiful soul! Hm, I would say your life is going to be a wild roller coaster! Lots of hurts,(but way more Joy) but you are stronger than you know! I would give you lots of advice, but you won't listen! You learn everything the hard way!
    I have missed you, hope you are having a wonderful week!
    Big Smoochies
    gi gi

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  39. really great post. i would tell myself, 'stop worrying so much about how you look because you are young and beautiful so please please enjoy it!!'

    xx anna jane

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  40. This really was a wonderful post, Marcie. I would tell my 17 year old self to eat breakfast, wash your face every night, and be single until college ; )

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  41. Oh Marcie...you're #8 made my heart sink. So sorry that you lost your Dad at such a young age. My parents are in their 60's, and as I get older I'm very aware that they won't be here forever. I try to get in as much time with them as possible.

    I would definitely tell my 17 year old self to be nicer to them! I would also tell myself to read Proverbs 3:5.

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  42. Well that would only be 2 years ago for me but I did a good job enjoying life at 17. I would probably say brace yourself, college is tough.

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