Tell us all about the person you were when you were sixteen. If you haven’t yet hit sixteen, tell us about the person you want to be at sixteen.
I think one of the hardest life experiences to confront is the battle between who you wish you were, and who you actually were. It can difficult to own your journey. Even if there’s nothing especially shameful about it, being honest with one’s self and with others about who we are, who we were, and who we want to be, is enough vulnerability to run screaming for the hills. But owning it is the best way to learn and heal and grow into the best possible version of ourselves.
At 16, I was…
1. Clumsy (I once fell UP the stairs, into a boy)
2. Creative (I was editor-in-chief of the yearbook)
3. Dreamer (I wanted desperately to live in NC)
4. Athlete (I played Varsity tennis)
5. Shy (I didn’t like new things)
6. Quiet (I didn’t like talking out loud in class)
7. Worker-bee (I took school seriously)
8. Long-haired (You couldn’t get to me to cut it for anything)
9. Writer (I wrote constantly, mostly in my journal)
10. Sick (We didn’t know about my gluten allergy yet)
11. Chocolatier (It’s in the yearbook that I’m known for loving M&Ms)
12. Crier (Yep, I was that girl)
13. Little (I was tiny, but my nickname from a teacher who couldn’t pronounce my name was Big E)
14. Truthful (I never hid my opinion from friends or family, even if came out harshly)
15. Loner-ish (I preferred to be by myself for most of high school, until senior year when I met this friend)
16. Christ-follower (Officially saved when I was 16, I had a passion for following my Savior)
You tell me:
Who were you at 16? Who are you now? What pieces have you held onto and what pieces have fallen away? Any you want to get back? Any you were more than happy to see go?