Dear 16 Year Old Me

April 10, 2012

Today is April 9th, Day 9 of Health Activist Writers Month Challenge. This ninth day prompt is one very personal to me: Write a letter to yourself at age 16.

What would you tell yourself?

What would you make your younger self aware of?

Dear 16 Year Old Me,

Be loving toward yourself. Be gentle with your emotions. Be yourself and love who that may be.

I remember me, you, at 16 years old. I know you feel scared about going through life and I know you are not comfortable in your skin. You’re right at the cusp of being that overweight child moving toward the opposite. I know you’re moving more and eating less and I know you will eventually hold on tight to an eating disorder.

I cannot say that things will feel wonderful in a year at 17, but I promise you will LOVE life at 27. Keep those friends who love you for you and trust that they have your best interest in mind. Remember that no matter how much you and your mom fight, that you both love each other all the stars in the sky- more than can even be imaginable. And of course, your dad and sister love you, as well.

Although you feel as though your family is disfunctional and you like an outsider, you and your family are more normal than you think…. and everyone’s family fights or has a problem or two. This is life and this is growing and learning. Embrace what you can be taught now and throughout life.

You are beautiful and smart. Know you are beautiful and smart. Live like you are beautiful and smart.

Know that I love you as you are now, and as you are as me. You’ve taught me so much more than I ever could have imagined possible, and through that I have grown into who you soon will be. You have taught me to love others, myself, and to dream.

Dream big.

And never stop.

The best piece of advice I can give you is to learn to love yourself. Then learn it again.

Love always,


P.S. I’m proud of us. 🙂

P.S.S. Tell Mom and Dad to go buy stock in Apple and Google.

And never be afraid to get your hands dirty.

What would you tell your 16 year old self?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Ela April 10, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Love your loving! This is a great, nurturing message to yourself.

I think you heard it back then too, after all!


Anne April 10, 2012 at 6:34 AM

Oh Dear ME what I wouldn’t give to go back and tell my 16 year old self that church wasn’t the answer and that the crushing guilt I lived with was a sham… agh! Meditate instead of medicate, love more and worry less, and sneak out of the house at least once 🙂 I love your 27 year old self, Lori!! Can’t image what a killer 16 year old you must have been to become this person 🙂


Christine (The Raw Project) April 10, 2012 at 6:14 AM

Cute post. I’d warn myself about 17 as much as possibly to avoid the ED and low self esteem that came with 17.


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