4. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.
1 - Calm down.
2 - You know all those cool clothes you're buying from thrift stores and such? Keep them. In a few years you'll want to give them away. I get that. Instead, put them in a box and store them at Mom and Dad's, you'll thank me later. - Oh, and add some cardigans to the mix.
3 - Go kiss a few people. Don't get too rowdy or anything, but seriously. Kim's into you. Holly will reveal this in about 6 years. And drama/speech competitions are a great place to meet people and have some fun (keep your pants on) without too much commitment.
4 - Enjoy this while it lasts.
5 - One Voice tour senior year - lighten up.
6 - Consider alternatives to a regular full-time mission. I know you live in Richfield and may be ostracized by some for such wayward thinking, but in the long run, I think it may be a better choice...even if it means you won't speak another language.
7 - When you get to college do a semester abroad or a semester at sea. Doesn't matter when, and it's ok to go into debt for it. (And remember - Disney college program Spring of '04 - it'll change your life.)
8 - Also when you get to college, just major in theater. It's what you love and ultimately what you'll end up deciding to do with your life, so get a jump start on it and move to LA as soon as you graduate.*
9 - I know friends and stuff are causing you some emotional pain right now, but it gets better. Promise. Oh - and be a little more proactive about friends during college - I know you feel like you always have to be proactive, but suck it up and make it happen. You'll ultimately be happier.
10 - Hummus.
11 - (sorry) Mom and Dad really are awesome. I know communication isn't a strong thing for any of you, but just talk to them, they'll appreciate it, and you'll benefit. Fact.
Other things I might add if I were given more than 10/11
Don't get a gym membership, just get P90X.
Invest some time in learning to play the ukulele.
Facewash. Every day.
Lindsey Bird will be a good friend in a few years - do with that what you will.
Go ahead and dye your hair green/blue once.
*Although, to be honest, you go to some pretty cool places, and have some once-in-a-lifetime kind of experiences, and you'll meet some of the best people you'll ever know during your years between college and LA, so be sure to think hard about this one.