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Considering first memories usually don’t occur before the age of 2 or 3, I will keep this one short and sweet. These were the easy days, sisters. Minus the terrible two tantrums we inflicted on our parents, but hey, we were just trying to figure out our limits. Can you blame us? We had nap time, snack time and play time. I would kill for that kinda time nowadays. Do you remember what it felt like to be able to experience the littlest things for the first time? The first time you had your favorite food. The first time you got to play in the snow. When you first realized you loved to look at the sky. Do you remember seeing all sorts of animals and shapes in the clouds by using your big, bright, beautiful imagination? Better yet, do you still have that very same imagination after all these years?
So maybe life just got a little better for you, maybe you got to enjoy all of your childhood. Sometimes life makes you grow up and mature a little faster than others, and that’s okay. Either way, it’s a blessing. Sometimes in disguise, but a blessing none the least. I hope during this time you got riding a bike locked down. You have flourished in school, keeping your mind open to everything this world has to teach you. Elementary school can be a rough time. Trust me, I’ve been skipping school since the third grade. Kids can be mean. However, it can be a really great time too. I am still friends with people I went to preschool with. I hope you have many friendships, really I hope you make a friend with every single person you meet. No matter what, even if you don’t want too. I don’t mean to be over the top about this, but it really matters. You never know what someone is going through, and that person you least expect, will cherish your friendship. Learn early, how to be a nice person. It will take you far in life.
If you are anything like me, this is definitely NOT your time to shine. Sorry honey, middle school got you beat. Popularity was not a thing for you, and for some reason people still didn’t like you even though you were nice to everyone else. I have some news for you though, good and bad. The good, you will have your time to shine, it will come. The bad news is, it mayyyyyy take another decade. Just persevere my darling, have faith. Enjoy the perks of free rent, free food, free mom and dad talks. Enjoy school, and be thankful it is the only thing you really have to worry about this time in your life. Forget love, yupp, toss it out the window. It’s a waste of time. It will leave you heartbroken and crying. Don’t do it. You are too young. You are not the exception. He is not the one. If you 15 or younger. You don’t know what you want, you don’t even know who you are yet. You’re still learning. Oh, and P.S, you never stop learning about yourself. Every day for the rest of your life, you are going to come across something new about yourself. This time of your life, is about being selfish and discovering all there is to know about who you are and what you are capable of. What makes you feel, what makes you happy, what makes you sad or mad. You, my dear, are incredibly inclined to maybe wanna change yourself based on what you think will make people like you. That is something you must stop. You should never change for someone else. You are you, there is no one like you, and that’s not something you should hide from the world.
Wait for it, wait for it. Just kidding, this is still not your time. We, me, I’m what I like to call a “late bloomer” They save the best for last right? Uhhh yeah, sure, we can go with that. Anyways, so hello high school? Maybe you have been here a hot minute already. I hope you didn’t continue to be super bad about attendance. Seriously, stop skipping class. Just because your mom always lets you stay home, doesn’t mean you should. I’ll be honest, going to school was always tough, and due to a lot of moving, elementary and middle school was rough. High school wasn’t so bad and did get a little better, but one, high school is well, high school. Second, old habits die hard. If you ask me though, I still made honor roll for being there half the time, so really, I worked just as hard. Keep your friends close, very close. Love them dearly. For all of you “high school sweethearts” you got lucky, you got sooooooooo lucky. For everyone else, I’m not going to tell you it’s a waste of time if you date. I’m gonna to tell you to keep it mind that it probably won’t work out, but that’s not a reason not to try. Love is beautiful, it can make you feel like you can fly. Love is also a learning experience, and in my opinion takes practice, and you are not quite a master yet.
Hello! You have arrived at the end of the beginning. I’m so happy you made it this far. All the ups and downs. Days you thought you never see the end of, and nights you thought would never end. It all brought you here, and here is a pretty great place. Think about it. You have an established life. You are somebody. No longer a kid, old enough to do whatever you want whenever you want. A job that supports you, friendships that are stronger than the ocean. If you’re lucky a love that makes it all worth it. All the growing up, all the lessons you learned the hard way. I hope you have a strong sense of who you are and what your values are. I hope you still continue to be kind to everyone you meet. As busy as you are, I want to remind you to take time for you. Count your blessings for what you have, the people that are there for you no matter what, being able to depend on yourself, even the little victories. This had been the best part of your life, the years that everything started to fall into place for you. This right here, is your time to shine. Now and forever. Well, at least for the rest of your twenties, after that you may want to look into some eye cream and thank your lucky stars you have a baby face. Actually, you might want to just get that eye cream now, just to be on the safe side.