Daily Prompt: Sweet Sixteen

When you were 16, what did you think your life would look like? Does it look like that? Is that a good thing?

Ah…Sweet Sixteen! I would love to be 16 again and know what I know now! How many times have your heard that one before? I know I spoke those words several times during the past 30, or so, years! I can just start the sentence now and my girls will roll their eyes.

Sweet Sixteen…I was smart and pretty. I knew exactly what I wanted and I was ready to take the bull by the horns. I was headed for a career in journalism and wanted to write novels too. Little did I know then that I had led a protective life that shielded me from the sufferings of the rest of the world. I was not ready to write. I had not experienced life, but I did not know this at 16.

I had taken courses in typing, accounting, and bookkeeping which would prepare me for a life as a secretary. I was a staff member of my high school newspaper. I had a wonderful English teacher that encouraged me, provided opportunities for me, stood beside me, and taught me well. She helped me get some of my poems published and instilled in me the knowledge and courage I needed to go forth and write. My grades were good enough to get a scholarship to college if I could keep them there. Everything looked sunny and bright, but life held other paths for me to travel.

I looked back, often, with bitterness and anger, but over the years with several turns and twists in life, I began to accept.  I accepted responsibility for the choices I made along the way. Once I began to accept, my eyes were slowly opened. Life had not tried to stifle me, but gave me the experiences I needed to do what I wanted.  Life is finally looking the way I wanted it to at 16 and yes I think it is a good thing. I have hope, peace, and love back in my heart now and a lot to write about. 🙂

Oh, but to be sweet sixteen again. There is an alluring magic to that time, but that is another post.

 

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