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dear me, on your final days as a teen

On the day that you turn 20 years old, I hope you remember the years that came before.

On the day that you turn 20 years old, I hope you remember 13: The Harry Potter midnight premiere, when you still went to school the next day even though you went to bed at 4 a.m.

On the day that you turn 20 years old, I hope you remember 14: The night before your freshman year of high school, when you stayed up too late finishing To Kill a Mockingbird. 

On the day that you turn 20 years old, I hope you remember 15: The concert of a lifetime, when you spilt skittles on the floor in front of Taylor Swift herself.

On the day that you turn 20 years old, I hope you remember 16: The first car rides, when you discovered that jamming alone on a night drive is the best way to clear your mind.

On the day that you turn 20 years old, I hope you remember 17: The friends that turned into lessons, and the one that stuck by your side long after you didn’t deserve it.

On the day that you turn 20 years old, I hope you remember 18: The crowd of people you pushed through at graduation, when you ended up with the ones you needed the most.

On the day that you turn 20 years old, I hope you remember 19: The love, when you thought there was none left, then found it overflowing.

On the day that you turn 20 years old, I hope you continue to find joy in the little moments that life brings, when no words can describe the way your heart feels.

On the day that you turn 20 years old, I hope your sense for adventure only gets stronger, that you keep pursuing the places your heart yearns for.

On the day that you turn 20 years old, I hope you hug the people who stayed close during your teenage years, the ones that saw your every side and stuck with them all.

On the day that you turn 20 years old, I hope you give thanks to the One that works on your heart every day, even when you don’t ask.

On the day that you turn 20 years old, I hope you don’t search for happiness ahead of you or behind you. . .

but that you simply look around.

 

By laurenstockam

Lauren is graduate student at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO.

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