Dear 16-Year-Old O’Shady…
This morning on the Preston & Steve Show (the only radio talk show worth listening to even when you’re not driving,) they talked about how Stephen King wrote a letter full of advice for his 16-year-old self. This led to an open conversation about what kind of advice the show’s crew would write to their teen selves, and they took listeners’ calls and texts as well. It was really interesting, and got me thinking abut what I’d write to myself. I’m not entirely sure that at 23 years I’d have too much of value to say, but there are a few things I would want to mention…
- Take care to really enjoy all of your friendships. Not all of them will last far beyond graduation, so make the most of them while you can.
- Get over that crush. He’s never going to be interested, and once you lose your own interest in him, you’ll see that your behavior has always been pretty pathetic.
- College is going to seem like a 24/7 party at times, and you’re going to drink. A lot. But please, don’t ever blackout at all. It’s not badass; it’s embarrassing. You don’t want to regret what could have been some really fun nights.
- Do your homework; let your GPA to reflect your actual intelligence.
- That super-speedy metabolism you’ve got is going to disappear when you hit adulthood. Start practicing some good eating habits now, and you might save your future self a lot of grief.
- Get a flu shot every year as early as possible. This is the most important thing in the world to you, and you don’t even know it yet. Let’s hope you never have to learn why.