The Lightning and Lightning Bug Prompt:
Write a letter to yourself at age sixteen. What might you tell your sixteen year-old self? Would you warn yourself not to make a certain mistake? Would you ask yourself to treasure being young? Would you tell yourself how much you've changed? You can write the letter from your present self, or from someone else entirely. Feel free to take this in an unexpected direction. Good luck!
Dear 16 year old Terry,
With a few twists and changes in decisions this year, your life could change...drastically. This is probably the year that could affect your entire life. So....I sit here wondering, do I tell you?
If I help you avoid some of the things that make your life difficult and leave you with some regrets, I could also take away some of the things that have made you strong in faith, conviction. I could take away some of the most precious gifts in your life. What if I were to make you weak? Or cause you to never have children? Direct you away from teaching?
So, I won't. I am going to give you some general advice. Some things that could help you through the tough times. At 16, you find Christ, you enter into a relationship, not a religion as you have known before, but a relationship. Hang on tighter to that, keep that as close as you can. Do not wander from it. He is going to see you through the toughest days ahead. He is going to carry you. He will see it through. Be sure also to share Him with your children. People will let you down, but not Christ. Churches will disappoint you, remember they are human. But don't let that take you away, be forgiving.
Keep a journal or memory books of your days with your children. Write down the stories and experiences of your life. Time is going to rush by, you're going to want to hang on to these precious moments.
Don't pick up cigarettes again. It will be something you may always desire and will pick it up and put it down. Just don't pick it up again. Cancer runs in your family, it steals and destroys.
Spend a lot of time with your mom and dad. Get their stories, write them down. Give them lots of love. Let them know how they are loved. Find out their final wishes. Don't wait on it.
Get to know your grandmother better. Write down her stories. Don't wait. Do it now.
Love life. Enjoy each moment. Dream and achieve...you can do all those things you want to, and you will.
Love from your happy and fullfilled future!