Linda Gerber is the author of the amazing Death By... series. Here she is telling us all about her sixteenth year. =)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HOPE!
I have a few more years on me than Hope does. No, we are not going to discuss how many! But I do remember 16 very well. 16 was a good year. It also sucked sometimes. That’s just the way 16 rolls. Looking back, I wish I had known that. I wish I’d have known that the dark times always get better. It would have made the suckiness easier to deal with.
When I was 16, I was way too worried about what other people thought about stupid things like my clothes, if I had a zit, how my hair looked and other superficial junk. I wish I would have relaxed and enjoyed being myself more. Now I know that most people don’t care about my wardrobe or my bad hair day. And if they do, they’re not worth my time.
Guys at 16 were an enigma. A lot of my self-worth was wrapped up in whether or not the guy I liked liked me back. I wish I hadn’t given them so much power.
I’ve loved books forever, but at 16 I never thought I could actually write one because someone once criticized my writing. I wish I hadn’t let one discouragement keep me from following a dream until much, much later.
It would have been cool at 16 to have seen as much of the world as I have now. I would like to have discovered non-top 40 music earlier! Or started reading Kipling. In short, I wish I had explored diversity more.
Here’s a switch for you. Now I’m (*mumble*) years old. I’m the next generation up. I’m a mom with kids and a mortgage payment and PTO meetings. Sometimes I feel worlds away from what it was like when I was 16. What do you wish us older people could learn or remember from 16?
Thank you so much, Linda!
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