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A Richardson Senior Photographer's Advice To Her 17-Year-Old Self

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This is the third in a series about advice I would give to my 17-year-old self.

Read the first post here.

Read the second post here.

As I said before, this isn't my usual type of post.  It isn't even about photography. And please understand how much I detest writing about myself in third person. 

I have a reason for doing it, though.  This is advice I would have given myself. I wanted to be clear on that because if a teenager reads this post, the advice may or may not be for her.  I wouldn't presume to know.  So that is why I'm writing to myself in third person.

Glad I cleared that up. Again.  Lest you think I'm a complete idiot.

As a senior portrait photographer in Richardson, I think a lot about high school students and remember my own high school years. (It has been quite a while, in case you're wondering.) I graduated when I was 17, which is why I am writing to that 17-year-old and not that 18-year-old.  Lots of stuff happened in that one year.

Here are my next five pieces of advice to my younger self:

  1. Don't take your body for granted.  Sugar is bad, so quit eating so much of it.  Not only will it rot your teeth, but it will make you feel bad and gain weight.  And, while we are on the subject, bread = sugar.  Enjoy it while you can because you will give most of it up later. Take care of yourself.  Get enough sleep. Someday you won't move as easily as you do now. And yourmetabolism will slow down someday.  Count on it.
  4. Learn for the sake of learning.  Take on-line classes.  Read books.  Join a club.  Explore things you have a little interest in.
  7. Don't get caught up in having the best stuff.  Stuff doesn't last and will always disappoint in the long run.
  10. Learn how to enjoy reading.  It may become one of your greatest pleasures one day.
  13. Motherhood is the one of the greatest joys and one of the greatest pains.  I find it's like Kahlil Gibran said, after all. (Read The Prophet.)

Do you agree?  What do you wish you had known then that you know now?  Please post via Facebook on the comment section below.  Thank you!

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