Dear me at 16:
I know it seems like your parents know best, but trust me, they don’t always.
For one… you are not fat. Yes, I know your mother keeps telling you that you are. But trust me, you are not. You are beautiful and slender. Your belly is flat. You have lovely womanly curves. And believe it or not, 20 years from now your weight at age 16 will actually be your goal weight for most of your dieting efforts.
Secondly… It’s okay to not go to college right after high school. Your mother is convinced that if you don’t go right away you never will, and that if you don’t go to college you’ll end up living on the street. This is her issue; not yours. It’s okay to know that you aren’t ready to decide your course of study, and therefore your career path. It’s okay to want to experience something of the world before deciding what you want your role in it to be.
Third – and this kind of summarizes #1 and #2 – stop succumbing to pressure. Take your time when making decisions and decide what is best for you. Only you know what makes you happy. Decide what that is and pursue it. Those who love you WILL support you, and will help you achieve whatever goals you set your sights on. All you have to do is decide on those goals and vocalize them, and stick to your guns when the naysayers (like your parents) object. People will jump to help you however they can, including your parents, believe it or not.
Finally… put down the damn eyeliner. You look like a tramp.
Sweetpeacurli is a self-proclaimed curl guru who thrives on pseudonyms. The dreams she once had of becoming an internationally famous hair stylist were dashed to pieces by her parents’ snobbery, so she has resigned herself to being a colorful character on the interwebs. You can find her at http://healthycurls.net.