Write a letter to yourself at age 16. What would you tell yourself? What would you make your younger self aware of?
Pretty soon you're going to meet a guy and fall in love with him. He will consistently keep you out late at night and you will have trouble keeping up with your social life and your part time job, plus going to school full time. You will be tired all of the time but you will keep going, you will keep up your work and school standards plus you will be a good-time party girl whenever possible. It will be fun.
This will be the beginning of many years of a Type A Personality lifestyle in addition to an active social life.
There's no way to tell if this lifestyle contributes to or causes the multiple chronic and autoimmune illnesses that you will begin to develop at a very early age, but if I could tell you anything it would be this:
- There is nothing more important than taking care of yourself - physically, emotionally and spiritually. Fun is temporary. Your health is permanent.
- Keep up the yoga practice that you will start in a few years. Don't let ANYTHING get in the way of regular practice.
- When Nia comes into your life, embrace it fully. Figure out a way to get trained to teach Nia so you will never have to be without a Nia class, no matter where you live.
If you do these things, when you get older you will probably be in a much better place.
I don't know if 16-year-old-me will listen to this. She always was pretty headstrong.