Dear 16 year old me,
There are a lot of changes ahead for you. You are going to do some awesome things you never thought you would do, and some hard things are going to happen that you never thought would happen to you. You’re going to have ups and downs and highs and lows, but you will have a fun ride. You’re going to move to a new state and start over again entirely on your own and it’s going to be an adventure. You are going to learn so many new things and meet so many different people. You are going to get a great education and are going to have a blast doing it. You are going to be grateful for your cross country move because that’s how you will meet the love of your life.
Dear me don’t give up on love because you’re going to find “him” and it will happen in less time then you think. You’re also going to learn how much your family loves you and you are going to gain a new family that will also love you. One day you will have two beautiful brown eyed children who will bring you more joy then you ever thought possible even though getting them to this world will nearly kill you and affect your health for the rest of your life. Though this will test you in ways you never imagined you will be surrounded by love and that is what will get you through the bumps in the road.
One day a tiny tick is going to completely change your life. You are going to wonder how such a small thing could derail all your dreams. You will lose your health and never get it back, but it will teach you so many things. It will teach you to be be kind and compassionate, to be stronger then you ever thought was possible, and to see every moment of your life as a gift. Even as you learn these amazing lessons you are going to be sad and angry and that’s okay. Just remember that you are never alone and that you can get through it.