Some notes to my 16-year-old self:
You’re not as smart as you think you are. Shut up sometimes.
You’re smarter than you think you are. Speak up, but thoughtfully.
Be kinder. Be more patient. Be more demanding. These are not mutually exclusive.
You can’t see your own privilege. Listen more, and put yourself in someone else’s shoes.
Good job with the sunscreen! Keep it up even after your gothy years pass by.
Your parents show their love as best they can, and they’re doing miles better than their own parents did for them. That doesn’t mean it’s enough. The sooner you see that and let it go, the happier and more loving you will be.