My friend Amelia suggested this writing prompt as part of my 30 day writing challenge: Write a letter to yourself at age 18.
You decided to drop the “i” in Katie and start having people call you Kate. Way to take ownership of your identity. I like it.
I know how excited you are about college – new people, a new place, new everything.
But I need to warn you; this is going to be a very trying time. It will be new and fun but it will also be incredibly hard at times. Just know, you are strong enough to handle it. I can promise you, this part of your story will make you a more empathetic, well-rounded person and you will be better for it. You won’t see that when you’re hurting, but you have to trust me.
BRB. I have to run to happy hour with a girlfriend. Oh and FYI, when you’re 30 – you’ll do happy hours instead of pre-gaming before a night out. You’ll also drink wine out of an actual glass and talk politics. (But you’ll always feel like a teenager pretending to be a grown-up. It’s kind of weird.)
4 hours later….
Ok, I’m back. Let’s just cut to the chase. I’m about to give you some solid advice. Take note. I am writing from the future, after all. I must know what I’m talking about.
Wear sunscreen and please get the f*ck out of those tanning beds! They’re deadly and you will pay for it later in botox and dermatologist appointments.
Forgive your mom. Talk it out. Don’t wait years to deal with it.
Run for the joy of it. Don’t take it too seriously. You’ll realize later it’s a gift.
Don’t join a sorority. Just trust me on this one.
Eat a solid meal before drinking vodka from of a plastic jug.
Your favorite professor will be Dr. Temple. Love him hard and take time to really get to know him. Ask him lots of questions. He won’t be around forever.
Don’t take your incredibly sweet college boyfriend for granted. He deserves better than that. Be kind.
Graduating college will be a moment of freedom, but don’t forget to enjoy the 4 year journey to get there.
Always listen to your gut. A woman’s intuition never lies. This will be proven true time and time again.
Please don’t drink and drive. Please.
And remember this: You is kind. You is smart. You is important. (That will be a quote from a book that hasn’t come out yet but will instantly be a NYT Bestseller and later be adapted into a movie.)
Oh, and one last thing. Don’t ever donate your plasma for money on an empty stomach. You will faint and it’s just not worth the forty bucks.
Love you lots,
Kate from 2017