Let me start off by saying that being an adult isn't all it's hyped up to be. Responsibility takes on a whole new meaning. Homework and cleaning up your room is icing comparison to a full time job and bills. Yes, not having to be under the
Enjoy being young where your primary responsibility is doing good in school. Not that you did bad in school, but you could definitely put a little more effort than you have been. Homework at your age may seem like such a waste of time, but once you're in college, and only the mid-term and final make up your grade, you will be begging for the professor to assign homework for more points!
Get involved. Now that you are no longer in band (good move), take that extra time to get involved in other extracurricular activities. Sports? Yeah, tried that and let's not put yourself through that embarrassment again.Your English teacher was on to something when she suggested you go on that field trip to the Tampa Tribune office. Try getting involved in the newsletter club or yearbook club... you may learn that you actually enjoy that type of stuff. May also help you once in college and trying to decide on a major.
Jesus > boys. School > boys. Friends > boys. I know that at your age, it seems like having a boyfriend will make you happy. It won't. Trust me. It is so important to get to know who YOU are, not what somebody wants you to be. First learn to be happy with yourself, and then you will learn to be happy with someone else. What you think you want in a boyfriend/husband at your age, is very much the opposite once older. I will let you in on a secret... you actually have a thing for nerds. ;) Don't be blinded by the idea of falling in love and marrying your high school sweetheart. It will take you down a path that you will wish you hadn't.
Never too early to start living a healthy lifestyle of eating right and exercising. Oh and those weekly visits to Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts, evening scoops of ice cream and dem delicious Otis Spunkenmeyer chocolate chip cookies in the snack line (cue mouth watering) need to slow down. Your sugar indulgence will bite you in the butt once you're older. Build good habits now.
I write all these lessons because it's often that I think... what if? If I had made some different choices, such as my advice above, where would I be now? But truth is, you did good. Yes, you had some hiccups along the way. Life knocked you down once or twice (or more), but you got up, dusted your shoulders and kept going. You didn't let it defeat you even when there were times that you wanted to give up. You are a fighter. Don't stop fighting for your happiness. If you don't, who will?
Your 31 year old self