I know you’re poor, but please spend the $10-16 on eyebrow waxing/threading. This is not an area to be penny-pinching. I just spent the past 20 minutes deleting unflattering pictures of you off Facebook.
Also, please consider exercising and going veg. You won’t lose weight, but you’ll tone up and look healthier. The baby fat in your cheeks will go away once you stop eating ice cream and salami every day. And stop worrying about your boobs shrinking if you exercise—they’re still there in all their glory.
Your life will flourish after you and E break up. He’s holding you back in more ways than you can imagine. Leave him now. It’s going to suck for a while, but you’ll find yourself in the process. Your fears about him turned out to be true: he’s going nowhere in life and doesn’t care. At 25, you two are complete opposites. Also, after breaking up, you’ll quickly learn that E was actually horrible in bed.
When B gets pissed at his friend Mike and leaves you alone at the party, that’s when you need to call it off. The next year and a half are going to feel like a perpetual cycle of disappointment and heartbreak if you stick it out. He’s going to get mad at you for a lot of stupid reasons and you’ll cry and feel like shit all the time. He’ll never say “I love you.” Then he’ll leave you for a girl who belongs in a Patagonia catalog for the ugly. They just bought a house in Leadville. Obviously, I’m much happier without him.
Don’t be afraid to do stupid things or fuck up. You’re going to do it all eventually—everybody does—but it’s so much easier to learn the hard way when you’re young.
Start reading feminist authors.
Have sex. Stop waiting. Your heart will get broken regardless of if you sleep with any of them, so just have fun and be safe.
Be present. Have fun today. You’ll regret it later if you don’t.
You’ll get hurt the most from the times you compromised yourself and your needs. Expectation and potential don’t make up for present actions. Excuses mean nothing without an apology, especially when you’re the one making excuses for them. Nobody changes.
You’re going to be very happy once you decide to listen to yourself and do what you want. Having someone be proud of you is a great feeling, but it doesn’t beat the feeling of finding your passion and making it your life.
With that said, you’re doing great at 25. You’re happier, healthier, and your life is so much more interesting. You have a lot to look forward to.
With wisdom and love,
Your 25 year old self
P.S. Thank you for being anal about using sunscreen.