Post a Message to Your 16 Year Old Self

November 8th, 2010
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Following the popularity of last week's hilarious #moviesinmypants blog (now up to 159 comments), I'm gonna piggy back off another recently popular/trending topic on Twitter called #tweetyour16yearoldself...

The idea is to write a message from your current self to your 16 year old self, based on the life lessons and experiences you've gained over the years. Fun right?

So in the comment area below, go ahead, post a message to your 16 year old (bad) self! I'm sure he or she could learn a few things! ;)

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36 Responses to “Post a Message to Your 16 Year Old Self”

  1. World Wide Ed:

    Dear 16 year old Ed,

    Stop wasting your money on shoes and CDs! Save up and invest in several properties!

    P.S. Your future wife will come later. Cruise um fo now! ;)

    Love,
    Older Ed


  2. rayboyjr:

    Dear 16 year old rayboyjr,

    What the hell kind of music are you listening to??? ... Stop buying that crap!!! ... Your real musical taste is not going to develop for a few years yet ...

    See you in a few years,
    rayboysr


  3. Chicken Grease:

    Heh, love this one.

    Dear 16 year old Grease,

    Knock much boots. You are in your prime. Heh, no, uh . . . let's see. Dear 16 year old Grease . . . don't worry about what others say about you; it is nonsense and the only one who can make any of that true is YOU.

    Love,

    C.G.


  4. rayboyjr:

    Dear 16 year old rayboyjr,

    Don't fall for her!!! ... You don't realize it now ... but she is a bit-- ... well she's not as nice as you think she is ... BAIL NOW YOU STUPID FOOL!!! ...

    You'll thank me later,
    rayboysr


  5. Ynaku:

    Dear 16 yr old Ynaku,

    Quick borrow money from Dad and buy that property in that barren wasteland in Kona cause that's where all the resorts going be.

    Laters,
    Ynaku

    ps, lay off all that rice


  6. snow:

    @rbj - lol... #4 is classic! everyone could probably write something like that to their 16-year old self!

    dear 16-year old snow:

    don't worry, when you get to college, the boys will be older and wiser... well, maybe not too wise, but they'll be better! just be patient! and, one day, your geekdom will pay off. ;o)

    patience is a virtue!

    take good care of yourself,
    snow who is now older and wiser, too!


  7. che:

    Dear 16 year old che,

    Don't spend as much time partying or spending money on foolish things. Spend more time studying, playing sports and doing more productive things.

    Also save more money and don't invest so recklessly in the stock market when you get older. Don't give in to the lure of easy money.

    Oh after college stick to your original plan and work for the state, city and county or federal government like you orginally planned.

    Take care older but not necessarily wiser che.


  8. che:

    Ed sounds like you were a dating fiend when you were younger.


  9. Seawalker:

    Dear 16-year old Seawalker,

    Don't worry about it, it'll get bigger as you get older. Size matters but it's what's in your heart that counts. No need to test drive--we all know what is a compact car.

    LMAO, Seawalker VIII


  10. Ijiwarui:

    Dear Iji,

    Buy as much Apple and Microsoft shares you can. Sit back and relax in your home in Kahala.

    Don't worry and don't be a pansy!

    Old Iji!


  11. Rosette:

    Dear 16-year old Rosette

    Take one day at a time try to enjoy every minute... life will throw a curve ball... learn to float along be at peace.

    Be content.....live wisely!

    With love from your best friend ME!


  12. World Wide Ed:

    * 1.World Wide Ed:
    Dear 16 year old Ed,

    Stop wasting your money on shoes and CDs! Save up and invest in several properties!

    P.S. Your future wife will come later. Cruise um fo now!

    Love,
    Older Ed

    Bet!

    * 2.rayboyjr:
    Dear 16 year old rayboyjr,

    What the hell kind of music are you listening to??? ... Stop buying that crap!!! ... Your real musical taste is not going to develop for a few years yet ...

    See you in a few years,
    rayboysr

    LOLOL! Lemme guess beej. It went from Rap to Alt Rock?

    * 3.Chicken Grease:
    Heh, love this one.

    Dear 16 year old Grease,

    Knock much boots. You are in your prime. Heh, no, uh . . . let's see. Dear 16 year old Grease . . . don't worry about what others say about you; it is nonsense and the only one who can make any of that true is YOU.

    Love,

    C.G.

    Knock much boots! LOLOL!

    * 4.rayboyjr:
    Dear 16 year old rayboyjr,

    Don't fall for her!!! ... You don't realize it now ... but she is a bit-- ... well she's not as nice as you think she is ... BAIL NOW YOU STUPID FOOL!!! ...

    You'll thank me later,
    rayboysr

    LOLOLOLOLOLOL! I think we were all there at one point yeah beej!?

    * 5.Ynaku:
    Dear 16 yr old Ynaku,

    Quick borrow money from Dad and buy that property in that barren wasteland in Kona cause that's where all the resorts going be.

    Laters,
    Ynaku

    ps, lay off all that rice

    LOL! Ho, you had chance fo get in on the Kona land naks!? That woulda been sweet!

    * 6.snow:
    dear 16-year old snow:

    don't worry, when you get to college, the boys will be older and wiser... well, maybe not too wise, but they'll be better! just be patient! and, one day, your geekdom will pay off. ;o)

    patience is a virtue!

    take good care of yourself,
    snow who is now older and wiser, too!

    Very sage advice Informer! I like it! :)

    * 7.che:
    Dear 16 year old che,

    Don't spend as much time partying or spending money on foolish things. Spend more time studying, playing sports and doing more productive things.

    Also save more money and don't invest so recklessly in the stock market when you get older. Don't give in to the lure of easy money.

    Oh after college stick to your original plan and work for the state, city and county or federal government like you orginally planned.

    Take care older but not necessarily wiser che.

    Wow! Supah specific yeah cheche! Awesome!

    * 8.che:
    Ed sounds like you were a dating fiend when you were younger.

    Pshhh. Yeah right! First real gf was in college...

    * 9.Seawalker:
    Dear 16-year old Seawalker,

    Don't worry about it, it'll get bigger as you get older. Size matters but it's what's in your heart that counts. No need to test drive--we all know what is a compact car.

    LMAO, Seawalker VIII

    LOLOL! Nice Seawalker! And welcome to the blog! :)

    * 10.Ijiwarui:
    Dear Iji,

    Buy as much Apple and Microsoft shares you can. Sit back and relax in your home in Kahala.

    Don't worry and don't be a pansy!

    Old Iji!

    Young Iji bettah give me young Ed that advice too! Next door neighbors in Kahala baby! :P

    * 11.Rosette:
    Dear 16-year old Rosette

    Take one day at a time try to enjoy every minute... life will throw a curve ball... learn to float along be at peace.

    Be content.....live wisely!

    With love from your best friend ME!

    Best friend! Hehe! Cute!


  13. World Wide Ed:

    Dear 16 year old Ed,

    Concentrate on being a pitcher in baseball! You're too short for basketball and you'll lose interest later in life anyway. If you work hard enough, you may have a chance to make the bigs (look at Lincecum)! 8) It'll make the 'rents proud...

    Love,
    Older Ed


  14. Rosette:

    Dear 16 year old ROSETTE!

    practice the art of napping and watching t.v. ....eventually you will be too lazy to shop AND hoarding crap.. !

    YOUR SECOND BEST FRIEND ....self 2!


  15. kuya.d:

    Dear 16 year old kuya,

    make sure you get Ed to play on your intramural bball team at UH. He may act goofy, but the boy can hoop. Plus, Ed's such a ladies' man, he'll introduce you to all the hotties!

    Take cousin Tony's advice and try out that job with Cisco. And save your cash so you can buy land on the outer islands.

    Alohas, the kuya you shouldn't have to be =p


  16. tweetpeep22:

    dear 16-year old tweetpeep22,

    don't sweat on the small stuff and the fair weathered friends... you'll get thru it and survive bigger obstacles and find your true friends! and in 8 years you'll have the greatest surprise blessing ever! just believe in your choices!

    love, older tweetpeep22!

    ps - go find mark zuckerberg and be the secretary of his company, lol... get some shares, better than nothing, LOL


  17. rayboyjr:

    Dear 16 year old rayboyjr,

    Relax ... don't be in such a rush to grow up ... life's pretty good at 16 ... stress ... worries ... whatchu talkin' 'bout?!!! ...

    Trust me,
    rayboysr


  18. rayboyjr:

    Dear 16 year old rayboyjr,

    On Nov. 6, 2010 bet everything you got on Boise State romping UH ... cheer on the Warriors ... but celebrate the *shhhh* "victory" ... silently ...

    Free drinks for everyone,
    rayboysr


  19. rayboyjr:

    Dear 16 year old rayboyjr,

    On prom night ... don't need to bring a condom ... you aint gettin' lucky that night, son ... you're not as hot as you think you are!!! ...

    Go take a cold shower,
    rayboysr


  20. Rosette:

    Dear 16 year old ROSETTE!

    Live life with SIMPLICITY and HARMONY....

    With love your SEREN SELF ME


  21. carokun:

    Dearest Caro (@age 16 going on 65),

    1. Life is difficult. Yes, you heard me, life is not easy, it is difficult. Read the book "The Road Less Traveled." No, not the poem by Robert Frost your learned in English, but read the book. It was copyrighted in 1978, so technically the book is younger than you. But the author M. Scott Peck, M.D. is quite wise. Your mother has never heard or read this book. And at age 16, this will be the best book you will ever read.

    2. Don't envy others or as we say these days, "don't be J". The grass is always greener on the other side. Big evil machines that you can't even grasp or decipher their power will try to convince you that you need it and you need it now and you will die without it. But think about that dumb talking bear that was expensive that you got for birthday/Christmas present that you played with three times. That bear was too hard to cuddle. Hugs from family are warm, and most importantly, they unlike material goods, are free. Enjoy simple pleasures, you are 16. Celebrate it. Celebrate life. (Translation: don't have/want/request a sweet 16. Save money for a yakudoshi later. Or better yet, start a wedding fund instead. Hopefully you'll make use of the fund one day. Yes, that's what eHarmony is for, but we'll get to that at a later date.) You'll have fun at other people's sweet 16. Enjoy those and make wonderful memories. Your school doesn't have dances or proms, so enjoy those simple pleasures of parties, etc. Oh that reminds, do not attempt to take off asics tiger shorts in the waterfront of hawaii kai at tori's party. You will lost your pants and will be constantly reminded of that mistake for far too long.

    3. Live Aloha! Okage same de genki desu. Subscribe to the Hawaii Herald or the SunPress or some kind of locally published newspaper. Read the paper. Not just to look for vocabulary words for a 6th grade assignment. Go to all the family events planned and have fun. Take lots of pictures. Maybe even start a scrap book. But pictures in ziploc/airtight bags. Take lots of pictures of yourself - you will never be 16 again and be able to eat whatever you want. Pepsi and ice cream doesn't react the same in an older women's metabolism. Do something culturally based, doesn't have to be your culture. Remember when you went to Europe because you took French? Remember how happy you were when you could ask someone "where can i buy stamps" and "how much to mail to Hawaii, USA?" Learn to be fluent in another language. Take classes. Don't be afraid of failure and don't give up. Never run away from your problems. They only grow and come back to bite you in the buttocks. And 'okole doesn't not mean buttocks, 'elemu does. You do not want to use the term "'okole" in front of a kahuna or a kapuna. I only learned that last week. From this thing called "facebook" which occupies WAY too much of my time. Time is truly priceless. It is not like your savings that will grow in the bank (at a whopping 5% at HONFED) but once spent it cannot be returned. It's like those stores and their CRAPPY return policy. Your buyer's remorse doesn't apply. Take time to think before you say anything. Never say "yes" always say "let me get back to you," then take the time to really consider all the options. Never break promises. Especially to your family, loved ones, and can't forget your four-legged friends. If you tell them you will play with them, take them walking, etc. - do it. Commit to it. Word is bond and actions speak LOUDER than words. You have two ears, two eyes (don't worry about your -9 eyesight, there is something called LASIK, even tho PRK exists then), two nostrils, but only ONE (1) mouth. Do you know what "Okage same de" means? What about "Shikata ga nai"? Visit JCCH historical gallery (members have free admission and other great benefits) and take notes. Visit museums, learn about new things, arts, etc. Ask your grandfather about the war. Which war? WWII. Ask him about the 100th Infantry Battalion. Learn words in Okinawan or Uchinaguchi. Nifee debiru is "thank you" and ....

    Gotta head to reiki. Ta-ta for now!


  22. soogs:

    Dear 16 yr old soogs,

    believe it or not, it wont get any better than you have it now. embrace the absence of reponsibility and live for yo'self. try everything that you can and hop on to that snowboarding craze now when your bones are flexible and can still heal. and give up the video games. ya just dont have the quick reflexes to master any of that stuff.

    and one more thing, nice guys truly do finish last...


  23. tita leerz:

    Dear Self,
    1. Don't do it!
    2. Just say no!
    3. INTEL, baby!!!


  24. tita leerz:

    Love,
    Older Tita.

    Pssst! Being a tomboy is not a bad thing. Just don't hit the boys you like too hard!


  25. tita leerz:

    Pssst! Pssst! and let them win every so often. It's good for their ego.


  26. Kage:

    16 yo Kage,

    Stop taking everything so seriously. Cool it, relax. Life will have its ups and downs, but later it will all make so much sense.
    By the way, she really likes you. Catch the hint. No shame... ;)


  27. Rosette:

    Dear 16 year old ROSETTE!

    Practice Peace and Sirenity .....do not succumb to human fraility....find balance.

    With love your friend Hope..your third self ME!


  28. Rosette:

    serenity


  29. carokun:

    10


  30. carokun:

    21


  31. carokun:

    925


  32. carokun:

    Beware of da boogeyman. He does exist. I cannot reveal his name, but he is out there.


  33. carokun:

    wooooSAAAAA!


  34. carokun:

    okage sama de...


  35. carokun:

    @ed - pls pay me googleplex euros for each post.

    mahalo. oh and create an app for that!


  36. World Wide Ed:

    * 14.Rosette:
    Dear 16 year old ROSETTE!

    practice the art of napping and watching t.v.

    That's easy! No need practice! :P

    * 15.kuya.d:
    make sure you get Ed to play on your intramural bball team at UH. He may act goofy, but the boy can hoop. Plus, Ed's such a ladies' man, he'll introduce you to all the hotties!

    Ahahaha, yeah right! I wish! And wot? You had one chance to work Cisco??

    * 16.tweetpeep22:
    ps - go find mark zuckerberg and be the secretary of his company, lol... get some shares, better than nothing, LOL

    AMEN!!! That company is nuts. Google too! I hear the yard guys are millionaires there too. :(

    * 17.rayboyjr:
    Relax ... don't be in such a rush to grow up ... life's pretty good at 16 ... stress ... worries ... whatchu talkin' 'bout?!!! ...

    ... Say you don't like the reggae beat...

    * 18.rayboyjr:
    On Nov. 6, 2010 bet everything you got on Boise State romping UH ... cheer on the Warriors ... but celebrate the *shhhh* "victory" ... silently ...

    Bahahahaha!

    * 19.rayboyjr:
    On prom night ... don't need to bring a condom ... you aint gettin' lucky that night, son ... you're not as hot as you think you are!!! ...

    Go take a cold shower,
    rayboysr

    LOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!! Change history baby! Make it happen cap'n! ;)

    * 20.Rosette:
    Dear 16 year old ROSETTE!

    Live life with SIMPLICITY and HARMONY....

    With love your SEREN SELF ME

    Good advise Rosey! You following that path? ;)

    * 21.carokun:
    [snip]

    Woah, CHOKE good advice! Here were my faves:

    * Don't envy others or as we say these days, "don't be J". The grass is always greener on the other side.

    - Don't be j. Just do your thang and beat them. 8)

    * Yes, that's what eHarmony is for, but we'll get to that at a later date.

    - Why wait 'til a later date? I think you should talk about that now! :P

    * Oh that reminds, do not attempt to take off asics tiger shorts in the waterfront of hawaii kai at tori's party. You will lost your pants and will be constantly reminded of that mistake for far too long.

    - LOL! I would too! LOL! Asics Tiger shorts be some tight shorts! What were you thinking? :P

    * Don't be afraid of failure and don't give up. Never run away from your problems.

    - Get up, dust yourself off and try again...

    * Word is bond and actions speak LOUDER than words.

    - Bet!

    * 22.soogs:
    Dear 16 yr old soogs,

    believe it or not, it wont get any better than you have it now. embrace the absence of reponsibility and live for yo'self. try everything that you can and hop on to that snowboarding craze now when your bones are flexible and can still heal. and give up the video games. ya just dont have the quick reflexes to master any of that stuff.

    and one more thing, nice guys truly do finish last...

    Amen to the snowboarding, but naw... nice guys don't finish last... Nice, weak guys finish last. Nice, strong guys keep it real, but get it done. Yeah E yeah! :)

    * 23.tita leerz:
    Dear Self,
    1. Don't do it!
    2. Just say no!
    3. INTEL, baby!!!

    Don't do what? Just say no to what? I like know! :P

    * 24.tita leerz:
    Pssst! Being a tomboy is not a bad thing. Just don't hit the boys you like too hard!

    Bahahahaha! You hit me hard back in the day. Does that mean you liked me too? Ahahahaha, nah, nah!

    * 25.tita leerz:
    Pssst! Pssst! and let them win every so often. It's good for their ego.

    Can't say the same for this cause I always won. Muhahahaha!

    * 26.Kage:
    By the way, she really likes you. Catch the hint. No shame...

    Oooh, I smell a story in this one... 8)

    * 27.Rosette:
    Dear 16 year old ROSETTE!

    Practice Peace and Sirenity .....do not succumb to human fraility....find balance.

    With love your friend Hope..your third self ME!

    Wow, third self? There's lots of you out there eh Rosey?

    * 29.carokun:
    10

    21

    925

    Hah?

    * 32.carokun:
    Beware of da boogeyman. He does exist. I cannot reveal his name, but he is out there.

    Why stop there. Boogeywomen exist too then! ;)

    * 33.carokun:
    wooooSAAAAA!

    wooooSAAAAA! :P

    * 34.carokun:
    okage sama de...

    げんきです。

    * 35.carokun:
    @ed - pls pay me googleplex euros for each post.

    mahalo. oh and create an app for that!

    Since when did you move to Europe? LOL! I'd take Googleplex anything to be quite honest. ;)