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A Letter to My 16 Year-Old Self

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A Letter to My 16 Year-Old Self

Dear sweet sixteen drama queen:

I know you don't want my advice,
But shut your smart mouth and listen.
The last decade has been quite a ride
And I want to share my wisdom.

Don't think you're above getting tickets -
When you drive, keep an eye on your speed.
And don't brush your teeth so roughly
Or your gums will start to recede. 

Make time for being creative -
Write and paint as much as you can.
When school ends, you'll be working
And time will slip through your hands.

You're not immune to tragedy;
Every heart is destined to break.
You'll witness death, sickness, and pain,
But you'll learn from every mistake.

Always treat strangers with kindness -
You don't know what they've endured.
Be even kinder to Mum and Dad -
Because YOU are what they've endured!

Talk to your grandparents weekly;
Ask questions, learn about the past.
Your history lives within them
And memories won't always last.

Of all the advice I've given,
I hope you'll heed this one thing:
Fall in love with the good guys.
With bad boys, just have a fling! 

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  1. Date: 2/28/2013 8:14:00 AM
    What great advice! You did a great job on this one, Heather! I have been thinking that I need to write and paint more and spend more time with my Grandparents and all that. Haha! I really like the part where your parents endured you! Sounds familliar! ~Thank you so very much for your recent visit; it means more to me than you know.

  1. Date: 2/27/2013 1:48:00 PM
    Ha...love that last line...My letter would simply read...Dear Caleb, Don't do it....

  1. Date: 1/8/2013 4:28:00 PM
    Heather, Congratulations with your winning poem in David's awesome contest.. pd

  1. Date: 1/6/2013 5:42:00 PM
    Congrad's on your win Light & Love

  1. Date: 1/5/2013 4:21:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win friend Heather!! It's fantastic write! Happy New Year!!:)

  1. Date: 1/1/2013 12:38:00 PM
    Congratulations! Wishing you a Happy New Year!

  1. Date: 1/1/2013 7:45:00 AM
    My hearty congratulations on your super win and great write my dear poet friend Heather! Happy New Year, too!

  1. Date: 12/31/2012 5:17:00 PM
    Way to go, I really liked this one. Happy New Year!

  1. Date: 12/31/2012 4:31:00 PM
    Heather congrats on your win, I loved the way you told yourself off...David

  1. Date: 12/31/2012 3:26:00 PM
    Wonderful poem. Congrad's and a Happy New Yr.

  1. Date: 12/31/2012 2:51:00 PM
    congrats on a great job!

  1. Date: 12/31/2012 2:16:00 PM
    Big congrats Heather love, and all the best for the new year xx

  1. Date: 12/31/2012 1:52:00 PM
    Congrats :)

  1. Date: 12/24/2012 10:07:00 AM
    Love it!

  1. Date: 12/19/2012 12:53:00 PM
    This is wonderful, if only we could go back and share wisdom with our old selves. I wonder if we would listen?? Wonderful poem.

  1. Date: 12/17/2012 2:12:00 PM
    wow heather this is brilliant , this is my story, where were you when I needed you , just love it xx