- Buy pretty stationary and write letters to your friends.
- Write down everything. Keep a journal like your life depends on it. Write poems and lists and descriptions of your day. Keep pressed flowers, concert tickets, birthday cards. Sometimes when it is 3am and you feel hopeless, the best thing you can do is read about how far you have come in your own handwriting.
- Take lots of photographs. Keep them close on your phone, print them out and keep them by your bed. Document your new haircut, the sunset you saw on the drive home, the latte you had that morning.
- Pay $60 to go see your favorite band. Even though you will have to deal with an empty wallet for the next few days, they are your favorite for a reason. Get there four hours early. Cry when they play your favorite song. Take lots of pictures.
- It’s okay to say ‘I love you’ first.
- Nothing is going to turn out how you thought it was going to. Sometimes it will be for the best, sometimes it will be for the worse. Get a good night sleep and deal with the results.
- When you are proud of something you’ve created it’s okay to brag about it. Ignore the girl in your zoology class who tells you to stop being so obnoxious. Hang the painting on your wall and stare at it until you fall asleep. It’s beautiful.
- Try listening to the music that your mother listens to. Who knows, you might find something you love. Don’t discount her taste just because she’s your mother.
- No message is a message in itself.
- Save old text messages. Keep letters tucked behind your bedside table. Kind words that people have said to you will bring you peace on nights when you cannot sleep.
- If you listen to that song enough, eventually it won’t make you cry.
- Explore the city you live in. Don’t wait until a rainy day to try the new coffee shop down the street. Go and wander around back allies and try something new.
- You are so so so beautiful. Don’t forget it. Stand in front of the mirror and count every beautiful thing about yourself. Don’t stop. Appreciate your beauty.
- Stop caring what people think. The only opinion that matters is yours.
- Order something new off the menu.
- Spend more time with your grandmother. Go through her jewelry with her and listen to the stories about each necklace. Surprise her with cookies. Take her out to breakfast.
- Drink lots of water and tell your family you love them.
Words by Anna L. // Photography by Linda Kim.