– Stop pretending that you like things just to look cool in front of boys. Figure out what you like, and don’t apologize for it. Those guys aren’t gonna stick around anyway (except one, and he thinks you’re cool no matter what you do or don’t like).
– Spend more time with your mom! Let her teach you how to garden. Go paint pottery with her. Talk about your feelings and ask for advice and cry on her shoulder and laugh about life while you can. One day, these things aren’t going to be so easy, and you’re going to wish you’d soaked them up while you could. (Spend more time with your whole family, for that matter! Your dad and brothers aren’t letting on, but they could each use your support (and friendship) right now)
– The world is much bigger than what you think you know. Don’t be afraid of befriending people who think differently than you – they have valuable insights and viewpoints you’ll never experience otherwise. Learn from them! Your life will be richer for it.
What would you tell your 15-year-old self?