There’s a YouTube video circulating called Dear 16-year-old Me. Its a melanoma-awareness campaign, but it’s had me thinking. If I could go back to 1986, what would I tell 16-year-old BookMama?
Here are a few things (I decided to limit myself to three):
- Learn how to make and follow a budget so you don’t go into debt. Yeah, there will be some lean years, but you’ll survive without going to the poor house.
- Don’t sell yourself short. You have a lot to offer.
- Don’t get fat.* It’s not easy to stay in shape, especially after you have three kids, but it’s a lot easier to avoid getting fat in the first place than it is to get un-fat.
*If I could give 16-year-old BookMama only one piece of advice, this would be it. Everything else has turned out OK.