Dear Senior-In-High-School Barbara,
"What was this all for?"
You’ll ask this question to yourself once you graduate from high school. You’ll be so relieved that you’re leaving the NoVA area and going to Boston for college. You hated the big egos of DC-area college students and wanted a more humble atmosphere to “discover yourself.” But soon, you will discover that Boston isn’t that humble of a city.
You will always keep your 703 number.
Your high school teachers will be the best mentors that you will ever have in life. Your high school friends will be the best friends that you will ever have in life. The opportunities that you were given in high school are signs of privilege and of the fact that you were loved by people who prioritized your personal development as a leader. The nurturing you received and the friendships you made will give you the strength, courage, and confidence to go after the life you want post-college.
Six years after high school, you will come back to DC and realize that you loved this city that you left. You will reconcile with your younger self, and it will hit you that you became that woman you aspired to be back then. You will work in government, become high-educated, discover that you have a major A-type personality, and continue to have a penchant for brunch.
You will never let go of your Sperrys or Longchamp.
All of your bosses will give you the same advice: be patient. Life does not end at age 17. Neither will it end at age 24. Yes, your ambition and desire for impact will be one of your greatest career drivers. But it will impede you from truly loving the time/place/job that you are in right now.
The greatest lesson you will learn in your twenties is the importance of constant reinvention. But the greatest lesson of life is how to love.
Don’t ever forget this. Appreciate all your failures as lessons of love. Appreciate your pasts as moments in which you were loved. And lastly, be patient for love.
Love, 24-Year-Old Barbara
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