Mar 23

Wednesday Blogging: Letter to my 16-year-old self


Dear 16 year old Paige,

 Right now,  you’re riding on the high of first love, and it’s wonderful. A learning experience that you’ll take with you and carry in your heart for the rest of your life—but it won’t last forever, and neither will the pain that comes with it when it ends. And it will hurt. I’m sorry for that.

You’ll be getting a little brother and a little sister next year. Don’t worry, they’re not twins (thank God). Stay close to them both. They’re great kids and they’ll both need you at certain points in their lives, even if they don’t want to admit it (because stubbornness runs on both sides of the family). It’s okay to be their big sister—you won’t be a mom for a few more years, so try to retain some of your own childhood a while longer.

Spend as much time as you can with your cousin Jon. Time is precious, and he’s always been like a brother to you.

Soak up every bit of knowledge and terrible joke your stepdad has to offer. Spend hours talking to him. When you call home, don’t just ask to talk to Mom—ask him how his day is. Time with your parents is SO IMPORTANT and he really loves you like his own. Appreciate every single day you have with him and your mom. Make videos to keep the memories, but don’t forget to live in the moment. It’s okay to put the book down and watch the football game with your stepdad. I promise, you’ll actually like it one day (you’ll thank me when you learn who JJ Watt is).

It’s okay if your relationship with your biological father isn’t perfect. Do what you can, but don’t beat yourself up if…when he doesn’t try, too. It’s not your fault. He does love you. He just loves himself more. It’s going to take you years and years (and so much heartache) to figure that out, no matter what I say. Hug your mom and your twin tight. They’ll get you through it.

Joining the military is the best (and worst) thing you’ll ever do with your life. Try not to drink so much. And for God’s sake, don’t fall in love with Kevin. Thank him for the gift, and walk away after Halloween. Also, stay away from the Marines. They’re trouble with a capital T.

Keep your nose in those books! It’ll pay off in the long run. Popularity is fleeting. Intelligence is sexy and lasts so much longer. Not what some asshole thinks of you.

And while I’m on the subject of assholes…your twin isn’t one. He’s lost and trying to find his way. Don’t encourage his reckless behavior, but don’t give up on him, either. He has such amazing potential that he doesn’t even see in himself! You might impart some of the wisdom I shared with you regarding our sperm donor to him because I’m pretty sure that’s a big reason why he’s acting out so badly.

The stories you’re jotting down? Don’t throw them away or erase them. Don’t stop because someone thinks they’re silly. They’re not.

Love fully. Live wholly. Embrace life and all it has to offer. Dream big.

32-Year-Old Paige


Want to read my blog sisters’ letters to their 16 year old selves? Click the links below:

Bronwyn || Kellie || Jessica


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  1. Bronwyn Green

    Nicely done! Don’t you wish there was a way to actually deliver this stuff?

    1. Paige Prince

      God, yes I wish there was a way to deliver this to younger us. We’d avoid so much shit and get to the good stuff so much sooner…though, I don’t know if I was ready for the good stuff earlier than that. :/

  2. Jessica De La Rosa

    Some stories are silly. It’s okay for stories to be silly. Some people totally dig silly, out there, different, and imaginative.

    OH and first love…things I don’t miss about high school.

    1. Paige Prince

      They were silly, but they were the beginning to my love of writing. And I’d give anything to have those stories back. Even if they’d never see the light of day again.

      And who doesn’t love a little bit of goofiness every now and then? Lol

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