Me at Seventeen… What Would You Say to Your 17 Year Old Self?

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I barely remember the girl in this picture.

Seventeen.  17.

Wow, my daughter will be this old in a short 5+ years…

More than 20 years have passed, 3 kids, a marriage, a divorce, 5 states, a few foreign countries, great friends, not so great friends, strife, laughter, skinny, fat, blonde, brunette, self confident, anxious, strong, weak, happy, sad… they’ve all happened and then some in the past 22 years.


Would I tell that girl what the next 22 years had in store?  Would I warn her not to date so and so or encourage her to take that offer she turned down?

Would I tell her to be more adventurous or more steady?

Tell her which friends to avoid and which ones to hold on tight and not let them slip away like some of the good ones have?

Warn her to pass on buying that car?  Tell her to start saving her pennies sooner?

I don’t know.

What would life be like if we had that crystal ball?  What will my 60 year old self look back and wish she could tell my now 39 year old self?

Do I want to know?

What would you tell your 17 year old self if you could?


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