Last week my dad sent me this picture. Why, yes, it is one of my senior pictures! I think he likes this particular photo for three reasons. 1- I’m his daughter, 2- I’m wearing a jade necklace he brought me back from a business trip to China, 3- I look oh so very sweet, pure, and yet to be jaded (I didn’t even mean to make that joke… but let’s roll with it). Looking at this photo got me to thinking about myself at the tender age of eighteen. Gosh, I thought I knew it all.
See, I grew up with two older brothers. And while it was always reassuring to know I had two built in body guards for any guy who dared to step out of line, sometimes I really wished I had had an older sister to walk me through the intricacies of womanhood. Since I didn’t, I had to learn some things the (very) hard way. I’ve gathered a few things that I wish I’d known years ago. Things that certainly would have saved me a lot of pain, suffering, and at times sheer embarrassment (um, like my mom haircut?). I’m passing them along in hopes that those without a big sister (and even those of you who have one) can benefit from my own personal learning curve.
Whether you’re 18, 28 or 88, these are all great things to remind yourself from time to time.