A while back I shared some quotes that High-School-Destiny wrote to me. Today, I’m going to write her a letter right back. If only I knew then what I know now… then again, I wouldn’t be the person I am today without all the mistakes and trials I’ve experienced along the way. So here goes!
Dear 17 year old Destiny,
Oh girl, you’re in for a wild ride in the next few years. You’re just gonna have to trust me on that one. You’re about to meet a boy who you will adore. He’ll love you right back and you’ll think that’s all you need in the world. I promise you there is more. Love is big. Love is HUGE. But he won’t be the one. It will hit you, eventually. And it will hurt. Bad. But you are going to find better love and life is so big and so great that it will go on.
Uganda will be the best thing that ever happened to you. As hard as it is sometimes to understand why things are the way they are, you are beyond blessed to have this opportunity and to be able to find more people to love in this world.
College will be hard. It will break you and it will cut you into pieces but the people you meet will faithfully put you back together again time after time. It takes a while to learn and understand this, but they really do love you and want to help you with whatever they can. In the same way you are there for them, they will be there for you time and again when you need it. It’s ok to lean on them sometimes. You will help build and fill each other with immense amounts of love that will last through the years.
Returning to India will be good for your soul. Your heart was made for traveling and even though it will feel shattered before you leave, it will be good. So good. Reuniting with friends there and being responsible for 17 high school girls will put things into perspective.
You will graduate, and Soledad O’Brien will call you out for crying about it. This is a big step and a giant accomplishment. You’ll get to see the pride in your parent’s eyes and you’ll love every second of that day.
You’ll teach. You’ll love them and they’ll hurt you and they’ll fill you up to the brim with happiness. But then again, that’s pretty true for everyone in life.
At 23, you won’t have life figured out yet. Not even close, and that’s ok! There will be times when you will feel “behind” for not having kids or anything yet, but you’ve got a prestigious college degree, a job you love working hard at, and are in grad school. Plus you’ve got a pretty awesome guy rooting for you the entire way. I’d say that’s enough for one person’s plate!
I think you’ll be proud of the person I’ve become, even though there will be times when it won’t seem like you’re gonna make it.
I promise you’ll make it. I promise it will be worth it.
You love. You are so loved.