Almost 17 Things To Tell My Almost 17 Year-Old

You really are only young once. Take advantage of your seemingly endless energy, optimism, and curiosity about the world around you.

Uber is cool, but you still need your driver’s license.


If you ever feel like you’ve lost your direction in life, just be still. You’ll be amazed at what opens up to you when you are still.

If you’ve tried the above and it doesn’t work, come home.

If you ever have to choose, choose warmth over cute every time—in people and in fashion.

Don’t ever drive under the influence or get into a vehicle with someone you think might be under the influence. (In that case, Uber is extremely cool.)

Whatever you call it—your gut, instinct, intuition—trust it.

Don’t hesitate to ask for what you want.

The Imposter Syndrome is a real thing—particularly among girls and women. Be assured, though, that you, my darling, are the real deal.

No is a perfectly good word. Use it whenever you want.

Spend more time at home over the next year because you’ll be up and out before you (and your brother and I) know it.

Subscribe to your local newspaper and The New York Times.

Make saving for a rainy day a priority.

Remember all of the big and small things that bring you joy and find a way to make them part of your daily life.

Love is love is love is love is love...