Happy Birthday, D!

So today my baby sister turns 16.  I can’t get over how much she’s grown up, particularly in the last few years.  She’s turning into a “person” and is looking at colleges and all that stuff.  It’s fascinating and scary for me to watch as her big sister.

D, I remember what life was like for me at 16 and I know what life is like for me now 10 years later, so let me give you a bit of birthday guidance:

  • The big dramas that seem really life changing and horrible now won’t even be remembered in 10 years.
  • Get out of Kentucky.  Seriously.  There’s a whole wide world out there with loads of amazing places to visit, to live.  Kentucky will always be there… you can always go back.  But get out.
  • Don’t worry about the future or about bad things happening.  Whatever will be, will be… you can’t change that you can only experience it and move on from it.
  • Take chances on people, on situations, on hunches.  If you’re wrong, you learn from it.  And if you’re right, it was worth it.
  • Choose your friends wisely, always.  The really good ones will have your back, no matter what.
  • As you get older, your idea of fun will change.  Friday nights in will be more attractive than a night out.
  • Drink lots of water.  It’s good for your skin, your body, your mood. 
  • Exercise.  Even if it’s just a walk down the road.
  • Don’t waste more than 50 pages on a bad book.  Life is way too short and there are too many amazing books out there.
  • Love will find you… you don’t need to actively search for it.  It’ll be unexpected and beautiful, but it will find you.  Love back, hard.
  • “You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.  And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.” – Desiderata © Max Ehrmann 1927

Wow, that all sounded a bit like Baz Luhrmann’s Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen speech.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with this 90s gem of positivity:

Full lyrics are here.

Ah geeze.  Now that I’m older, that makes me a bit teary eyed because my goodness it’s true.

Happy 16th birthday, D… I hope your year is as brilliant and as gorgeous as you are.



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