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I started drafting this blog post on my 26th birthday but was too nervous to click “publish” until I read Kait’s letter to her teenage self. I even dug up some incredibly embarrassing photos of 16-year-old me from the days when you had to turn your digital camera around to take a selfie, so enjoy!
Dear 16-year-old Bailey,
I know right now you feel like the ugly duckling, but trust me, you are far from it. You are perfectly and wonderfully made– even if you don’t believe me, someday you’ll start appreciating the body that God gave you. Your husband will certainly appreciate your looks! Yes, I said husband. You will be happily married someday, even though right now it feels like you will never find “the one” … or anyone, for that matter. Being single in high school (and college) does not mean you will be a crazy cat lady!
Remember that boy you had a crush on in high school, the one you thought you couldn’t live without? You’ll eventually go your separate ways. It will sting at first, but you’ll be grateful that things didn’t work out with that guy when you meet Andrew. Andrew will be an answer to every prayer and more than you could ever imagine.
Spend more time with your family. I know right now things can be difficult with your mom as is the case with most teenagers and their parents, but believe it or not, a day will come when she’ll be one of your closest friends. Even though you think you’ll live in Owensboro forever, you’ll move hundreds of miles away from Kentucky. You’ll even move to a place you never wanted to live, and you’ll come to like it (except the snow. You’ll never quite get used to so much snow.)
Continue working hard in school, even the classes you hate (ahem, Physics!) However, don’t forget to enjoy being a teenager. Although you won’t earn that 30 on the ACT as you had hoped, you’ll still receive a scholarship to Murray State University and graduate with minimal debt. At MSU, you’ll make some wonderful friends and have experiences that you will never forget.
Enjoy your last summer of freedom. Next summer, you’ll start your first job before you head off to college. Be wise with your paycheck, because you’ll need that money for college expenses. Speaking of money, someday you will be debt-free. Money won’t be a struggle for you anymore! You’ll find a job that you enjoy. It may not be what you studied in college, but you’ll realize that life isn’t a perfect path from A to Z.
In 10 years, you’ll look back at your life and be so grateful. It may not turn out the way you had hoped, but it will be far better than what you could have imagined. God has a plan for your life, and although you may not believe that to be true, someday you’ll wonder how you ever lived so long without Him.