I'd have quite a bit to say to my teenage self. I'd say things like
- Remember when you longed for braces and glasses? You got your wish! :-)
|Visiting Nashville, TN|
- Don't worry about having short hair. Halle Berry will soon come along and every long-haired girl whose parents will allow them, will soon chop off their long locks. You'll be ahead of the game without even trying.
- That sign on the wall that reads, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent" is actually true.
|The smallest and best English class ever! Because of 3 years with this teacher, English lit in college was a piece of cake.|
- Being short is not the end of the world.
|Bulletin board at an elementary school I visited in New Orleans|
- Don't compare yourself to others because you do not know the real story of their lives and also, comparing yourself to others cheats you out of being the person you were created to be.
- Having or not having a boyfriend in high school does not define who you are.
- Practice the piano more....and get your fingering right. It matters.
|Playing the Beta Club song at the induction ceremony|
- Don't worry so much about how perfect it feels that everyone expects you to be. It's just not realistic. You cannot be expected to be the example for teenagers all over the world. Again, it's just not realistic.
- Don't give up so easily on your fluent Spanish-speaking dreams. It is possible to learn a second language and learn it well.
|At a Foreign Language Contest. I had to recite "Versos Sencillos" by Jose Martí|
- Learn to embrace your culture. Do not accept it when people say, "you're not really black." Admit that does hurt your feelings and speak up.
- Be more assertive.
|This should be Thanksgiving 1997. I was 20 in this photo, but I cut my hair on Labor Day weekend before my birthday.|
p.s. I got this blog topic idea from The Not So Functional Housewife.