Dear 17-year-old self,
Life is pretty painful for you right now. You need to know that it is only temporary and you will soon be in the best years of your life. I know what those girls said to you hurt you more than you want to admit. Don't worry about them. They were never going to last as friends anyway. The friends that mean the most to you will still be in your life many years down the line. You will eventually be happy for what they did because it is the beginning of many events that will change your life for the better. The one friend that you care most about losing will end up apologizing and you will still consider her a friend in the years to come. Girls can be mean and that is a lesson you will learn over and over. Which is why you will surround yourself with the girls you do have because they are true and loyal friends who love you just the way you are.
Your aunt is going to ask you to spend the summer with her in Boston. You will be hesitant to go, but it is one of the best decisions you will ever make. Those six weeks spent there change you forever. You will get distance from people in your life and realize that they do not belong. Those six weeks will make you realize exactly what is important to you. You will meet and spend time with adults that make you see life in a whole different perspective. Listen to them. You may feel lonely at times, but it will be good for you in the long run. You will come back to Minnesota and enter your senior year in high school with a new outlook on the future.
You will come home from Boston and go back to your job and meet the man of your dreams. You may not realize it right away, but it will not be too long before you know he is perfect for you. You will make some mistakes along the way and do some things that you regret many years later. But what comes out of it is having the right man by your side that you will want to spend the rest of your life with. He understands you better than anyone else and will always appreciate you no matter what.
You will be busy finishing up your senior year, but remember to spend extra time with your mom. You know that she is an important part of your life, but you do not realize that your time left with her is so limited. You may think you will have time to talk to her and ask her questions in the future, but you will not. Ask her those questions now. You will wish you could before you know it. Also, make sure you hug her extra and always tell her that you love her. Call her as often as you can so you can hear her voice before you can't hear it any more.
College is coming soon and while you are excited, you do not realize how difficult it is going to be. You will spend so much time studying that you barely have a social life. All that studying will be worth it. You will make the grades you want and you will graduate from a great school. You will also wish you finished that application to a top school in the country. You will always wonder if you would have got in. Write the stupid essays so you will know. You also may want to consider teaching a little more because you end up enjoying it more than you realize.
You will look back on the next few years of your life with some much happiness and excitement. Soak up every minute of it because you will miss those times in the near future. The year of 17 is a big one for you and you will always remember it! The good will most definitely outweigh the bad!