Dear 16 year old me,
Wow! It's hard to believe how many years have gone by since I turned 16 years old. There are so many things I'd like to tell you, but that would ruin the awesome surprises you have in store.
I will give you one clue. There's a special guy you'll start dating next month (ditch the one at your birthday party!). Your instinct about the new guy is spot on. He's an awesome person and loves you more than life itself. Follow your dreams and allow him to do the same. Be honest with each other, even if it hurts a bit. Being true to yourselves will help your love grow stronger, not pull you apart.
Take care of yourself. I know you're super-thin now and don't think exercise is important (just the idea makes you shudder), but taking care of your body isn't just about weight. Yes, you'll put on some pounds as you grow older (not a bad thing, bean pole!). Even though obesity isn't an issue, exercise is. You already know that diabetes runs in your family. Although exercising won't prevent you from becoming diabetic, it will make it easier to manage.
Love yourself, be good to yourself, and take care of yourself. Learn to enjoy exercise. It will make taking care of those five kids less tiring. Oops, did I just spill the beans? ;)
An Older You