Happy Birthday! You are finally 18. And also 36. Amazing how both ages seemed archaic when we were 10. Now? Not so much.
You've started settling in to your first month of college and while I know you are having a great time, slow down. Take time to really enjoy the experience but don't be stupid about it all. The boy you met at Paradise? Forget him, it isn't going anywhere and he isn't a good person. Matter of fact, stay away from anyone with that last name or who tells you they are a musician.
Your friends are taking you to the circus and it will be such a good time. It will probably be one of the few times you truly laugh out loud for hours without a care in the world. Cherish it, life comes at you fast when you become an adult and sometimes you forget to laugh.
Speaking of friends, there is a saying that says "friends are the family we pick for ourselves." This is very true but not everyone you think is your friend, truly is. Be guarded. People tend to take advantage of your kindness and giving nature which may make you bitter later in life.
Your future is not perfect but the family you build is. You have a handsome, wonderful husband who wants nothing more than to make you happy. Let him. You have a beautiful, smart son who you know will do great things. And at 36 you will be pregnant with your daughter. That's right 2 kids when all you say from the age of 18 to 25 is you want none. A good man will do that for you. Kiss those frogs but know that your prince will eventually come.
And finally, be kind to those that are kind to you. It makes all the difference in the world.
Your Older Self
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