Dear 16 year old Glori,
Whoop Whoop, today your turn 16- big time! You are one of the first to get your license and will be driving your friends around for months to come (or years based on some of our friends). You and your 2 best friends will call yourselves "3 deep in the Jeep". By the way, you are very creative! Over the next 13 years your life is going to be crazy at times, heart breaking at times and ultimately amazing.
Let's start with high school. You will continue on a roller coaster relationship with your highschool sweetheart. He is bad news and thank God you don't end up with him, but it's fine, being with him does somewhat keep you out of trouble since you are scared if you do anything fun he will get mad. Speaking of that, your confidence is low during these years. You are a little overweight and you don't like it, but don't worry, you will get very active starting your senior year and quickly grow out of this. Please know, it's ok, some friendships aren't worth having. Others are and you will lose a few good ones that you should have probably tried harder to maintain, but the ones you do keep, you will cherish forever. Taylor and Shelley will still be your best friends as an adult. You will have some great memories, you will get into trouble and do some things you'll wish you could take back, but in the end, it turns out ok.
Your parents will go through a very nasty divorce during high school and this will become a defining moment in your life. Your confidence will plummet, you will blame yourself and be angry with everyone. Your mom's confidence will plummet even lower and she will "shack up" with a loser and make your already very difficult situation even harder. Please know, it is not your fault and one day your dad will find his way and although your mom takes longer, so will she. Hang in there!
During college, you will continue with this very rocky relationship. On and off, on and off. Again, a mistake and you will look back and have many, many regrets, but it's ok, because you learn so much from it. You will not try hard enough in school and there for not do very well at the beginning. You will however get a good job and start building on your experience which is going to be a major stepping stone in your career. You will be in great shape physically as start to enjoy running and exercise. You will start rebuilding your relationship with your dad. You will waste a lot of money on student housing, when the majority of the time you travel home to see your boyfriend anyways and you will be paying for it later with your student loan debt.
During your senior year you start to find your way and your confidence. You change so much! You finally realize you are better than the way your boyfriend has treated you and you don't go back! You go girl! You get a great job and start to focus on your career. You even buy your own house, which ends up being a major mistake. You even start Grad school and make up for not doing so well in your first 2 years of college.
At your new job, you travel and get high up in the company. Then, you meet your future husband there.You go through some tough times with your health that make you realize quickly how great of a man he is. You date, quickly fall in love and plan your dream wedding. He treats you great and you balance each other out so well. You buy a new home together and quickly decide to start a family. It isn't easy. It will cost you a fortune and you will have to break through one of your biggest fears- needles! Lots and lots of needles and lots of money later you will have the most beautiful, amazing little girl and your life will be so blessed! Then, you will go through it again for your adorable, sweet little boy. Your family will finally be complete!
Your journey wasn't always the easiest, there were ups and downs and you will end up wishing you had done a lot of things differently, but ultimately, you will be thankful that it all has led you to where you are today at your almost 29 year old self. Can't wait to see what the next 10 years will be like.
Lots of love,
Your older, wiser self