1.You will always be short, you will get picked on and teased about it but don’t worry, I promise you will hit 5’ and it will be one of the most exciting days of your life. 2.Never put a guy before your dad, remember who was there for all the scrapped knees, black eyes, bad nights at softball, etc. He always wipes away the tears and always encourages you to keep doing your best. He loved you first and will always be your biggest fan. If a guy asks to be put before your dad or gets mad that you won’t put him before your dad, help remind him where the door is. 3.You won’t have kids by 21; trust me when you get to 21 you will be okay with that. Don’t rush it. 4.You won’t get a sibling no matter how much you ask, beg, and plead. You will appreciate this as you get older. 5.As much as you try to have your life figured out, you won’t. You don’t write your story, He wrote it long before you knew about it and He wrote it in pen so you can’t change it. He really does know what’s best for you and will give you a pencil so you can make choices when He leads you to a fork in the road. 6.Google EVERYONE and EVERYTHING that you don’t know anything about, you don’t want to get taken advantage of or made to look like a fool. Understand that I don’t want you to have your life destroyed because of someone. 7.College, as much as you look forward to it; probably won’t be for you and that’s okay. It’s really not for everyone anyways. 8.When you are presented with what you know will be a better job opportunity, take it. 9.You are going to meet some really incredible people in your life, cherish them. 10.You are going to meet some really terrible people in your life, help them find the door. 11.As much as you may hate them at times Mom and Dad really are just looking out for you and want what’s best for you. I swear you will thank them at a later time. They will always pick up the pieces of the guys that destroy your heart, they will fill the voids in any way they can of the friends that walk away, and they will bring you ice cream when they don’t know what else to do. They love you no matter what and no matter what bad decisions you make, trust me even when you mess up and expect them to give up on you, they won’t. Don’t give up on them and don’t fight them so much on raising you correctly. 12.That boy that tells you he loves you the night of your junior year homecoming, don’t tell him to never say that again because he really does. Love him in any way that you can, even if it’s just as friends. He will be one of the best people and memories in your life because the last thing he will ever tell you is he loves you, you don’t want spend the rest of your life trying to tell him what he meant to you through a grave stone. You will understand his persistency every time you remember him. 13.Mom and Dad will get divorced, don’t give up on finding love, it just means that their love story had a different ending than the fairy tales you love. They don’t love you any less but it will be one of the hardest years of your life going through all of the holidays and events with both at different places and different times. 14.That girl you become best friends with freshman year even though outside of school you’re banned to be friends, stick with her. She will be the one that is always there no matter how much you may hate each other at times. She will be your rock, your roommate, your shoulder, your soul mate…the whole nine yards…you need to find a guy like her. When you get that devastating phone call about the boy in number 12 she will be the one that picks you up and helps you keep yourself glued together even 8 years later. She will be the one that dries your tears and holds you together, remember how blessed you are to have her. 15.You will discover at the most untimely moments who your true friends are. Don’t worry though your true friends come through in the crunch time, no matter how long you have been friends with them, cherish them and let the others go. It will hurt and it won’t be easy but you have true friends to help you through. 16.Never give up on yourself. No matter how much you disappoint yourself or let yourself down, ALWAYS keep going, life hits rock bottom at times but the people that look down to help you up are wonderful. 17.That boy you fell in love with and swore you would marry at lunch at 10 years old, spoiler alert, you don’t marry him. You two will go back and forth for years but eventually your heart will heal and you will realize he will always have a special place in your heart but its okay that he isn’t the one. Don’t give up on love or your happy ending its out there I promise. 18.It’s okay to be single and it’s okay to date. It’s also okay to say no to dating someone; you have to do what’s best for you. 19.That guy that your friends try to hook you up with and you finally decide to give it a shot, he’s a douche but date him anyways. Because of him you will understand your true worth and you will meet some really amazing people because of him. But cut the ties the day you guys break up, no friendship, no speaking, no nothing, let him go, it’s for the best. But always remain friends with the people he introduced you to, especially the firefighters; those are bonds that shouldn’t be broken. 20.Because of the guy from number 19 you will meet a woman who is absolutely amazing and plays a role in your life as a second mother and her boys as your brothers. Hug them all every chance you get, she ends up leaving far to early and you spend forever longing for a hug and will end up only being able to have talks at her grave site. 21.You aren’t perfect, in any way, don’t act that way. Love and accept your flaws, short comings, everything about you. Remember there is always someone out there that is prettier, smarter, funnier, or better at something than you are but you are the only you. That’s something no one else can be. 22.Cancer will rattle you and the family on numerous occasions. Stay strong and face the battles with a brave face, talk about it when it hurts and when you don’t understand, cry when you want, and laugh when you can. The nurses at MD Anderson on Mom’s floor love seeing your bright personality and hearing your contagious laugh, oh yeah and your glove balloons you try to sneak out. Don’t worry the nurses will send boxes of gloves home with Mom for you. 23.After you turn 21 the years will get tough for you, emotionally, mentally, physically, and medically. Whatever you do, do not give up no matter how much you want too. You’re too strong for that and too many people need you here. But let them go to the doctor with you, its okay to ask for help, trust me there will be days that you will want someone else there even if you don’t want to admit it. 24.Never for any reason lose your contagious smile, your at times ridiculous laugh, your massive heart, and your bubbly personality. Those are things that make people love you and want to be around you, you really can light up the room. 25.You will get your heart broken more than once…and each time it hurts more. But don’t let the fear of heartbreak stop you from loving with all of your capacity. Just remember how bad it hurt to have your heart broken so don’t do it to someone else, if you aren’t happy don’t hang on just to keep from hurting the other person, its best for both if you break it off when you are no longer happy. 26.By the time you hit 26 you will come to the realization that life has had a lot of bumps, twists, turns, heart breaks, laughter, wonderful memories, and loses of great people. Don’t ever let that stop you from being Stephanie Ann Hobart, always be yourself and be true to yourself.
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