Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Letter to the 16 Year Old Me

On Tuesday I celebrated  dealt with my 26th birthday. Time flies incredibly fast! I never in my wildest dreams would have imagined making it to be 26. I don't know what I thought would happen but here I am.

Without further adieu a letter to my 16 year old self.

Dear Marisa,

Let me start off by saying that the guy you are dating that you swear is your soulmate is nothing but a huge lesson learned. The two of you will go through some tough situations and it will test (and eventually break) your relationship. He will rip your heart in two. But in the end you will realize that he really wasn't worth your tears and heartache.

You think you really know what love is but you have no idea that the man you will spend the rest of your life with and start a family with lives about 15 minutes away and will sweep you off your feet when you least expect it. The two of you will face a lot of heartache the first year of your relationship but it will only make you stronger. He will understand who you are and where you came from. You will love him deeply and give him your whole heart, even if you feel like you can't. Four years later you will be pregnant and have your first child. Your world and heart will open up and seem like new.

Music is the best therapy. You will be obsessed with P!NK's Missundaztood and the soundtrack to The Garden State and believe me, it will help and you are not crazy.

Please know that the issues you are dealing with at home are not normal and that you do have a choice in how your own family will conduct themselves. You can and will break the cycle. You will make it out alive. You are incredible for sticking up for what you believe in. Embrace the mama tiger you feel whenever He starts acting a fool.You are not a victim. You are a survivor. Even better, you will be given several opportunities to share your story to young delinquents and they will reach out to you.

Just know that things will get better.

You are beautiful. Despite the turmoil going on that you push deep, deep down you have a beautiful heart.

You are gorgeous on the inside and out.

Those girls you think are your friends? Nope. They are not. Stick with your gut and remain true to who you are. There is no shame in being a loner if need be.

You should really at least attempt to do the things that sound interesting...drama, softball, cheer, art.

Do not sit back and let it all pass you by.

Don't listen to those who tell you that you are "fat." You are rocking a size 0/2. You are in cologuard which practices zero and first period and after school, you are baton twirling, and you run a few days out of the week with your best friend.

Just remember this:

The sun will be up tomorrow.
Give selflessly.
 Love with your Whole heart


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