February 13, 2017
Dear: Ryan (Lil B)
Well look at you. Starting your first year on high school. Single and ready to mingle. Ready to get your swag on. Big man on campus, already friends with seniors, already one of the “cool kids.” You’ve been waiting for this moment for your whole life, you’ve got all the answers, don’t you?
Well before you go knocking the doors down and blowing everyone away with your “awesomeness” let me tell you something. Things are about to get real. Life starts to count now. Those kids you thought were your friends, they’ll lose sight of you of you, fall off the path. Many who started with you won’t finish with you. Choose your friends wisely, but at the sametime make new ones. Don’t burn bridges that aren’t even built.
You know as well as I do that girls and relationships are gonna be a pig part of school high for you. You’re going to want to put everything into a relationship and spend every second of each and every day with them. Don’t, they are going to be the biggest headache and problem that you run into. You’ll spend countless sleepless nights stressing and thinking about them about them, rethinking things you said or did just to impress them. Don’t get me wrong though, being in a relationship is great, it makes you feel amazing. But amazing doesn’t last forever. Don’t rely on them to be your only source of happiness.
Also do yourself a favor and manage your time well and get some sleep. Time management will be one of your toughest battles. Time can’t be beaten, but it can be tamed.
One last thing to remember is to have fun and have no regrets. In a blink of an eye you’ll be halfway through your senior and you’re gonna be asking the question “Where the heck did the time go?” Don’t wish away your first 3 years of high school. Enjoy them, live, get into trouble (not to much trouble), get dirty, make mistakes!
At the end of the day it’s not really about grades or learning, it,s about making memories and having fun.
Letter To My Younger Self by Ryan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.