Dear 15 Year Old Self,
Let me tell you what I have learned in 20 years about bad hair days:
1. Despite what you may think a bad hair day is not the end of the world. Trust me on this. Just put it in a pony tail and move on. No one will judge you because your hair does not cooperate.
2. The most important day in your life is not getting a car when you turn sixteen. Every day is a gift and you must treat it thus so. You never know what each day brings. Treat each day as if it is the most important day. Even if you have a bad hair day.
3. That guy? Well, he was not the one. The one was someone you least expected it and instead of giving you a jacket with his name on in it…he gave you his name and the world. He loves you even when you have a bad hair day.
4. Those girls you silently judged and sometimes not so silently judged. Well, y’all actually have more in common than you think. You will learn to respect each other for your accomplishments as adults and praise each other when needed. Especially on a bad hair day.
5. Drama is a class. Not a way of life. It’s is unnecessary and only makes your life miserable and is worse than a bad hair day.
6. Love is not fleeting, but solid and unconditional. This is evident when you move mountains and stars for your children despite the fact they may be the root of your bad hair day.
7. Your parents were right and you are the reason for their bad hair days and they still love you.
8. Success is not measured by a good hair day but a lifetime of bad hair days you learn from. Sometimes it takes learning from mistakes and tragedy to mold you into a better person.
I promise this…you will stumble. You will fall. Sometimes you will judge. Sometimes you will be judged. You will learn from this. But in the end it is what makes you who you are. Even on a bad hair day.
35 Year Old Self