I wish I could go back in time and help Jennifer. She is trying so hard, too hard. She will never relax if she keeps trying so hard!
I wish young people could see themselves through the eyes of their elders. They have no idea how good looking they are (no one with that much collagen can look bad!) or how much potential they have. I would love to "drive" a youth much like in the movie Avatar.
How awesome to have that young body and all those years ahead of you! Young people heal faster, recover faster, lose weight faster, build muscle faster. They are amazing! My avatar youth would be confident (and relaxed) and I would drive her to track practice every day! I wouldn't sweat the small stuff. I wouldn't get lost. I wouldn't abuse my body and I wouldn't cry about being skinny!
But therein lies the rub. Now that I know how to handle youth--it is gone :( (Okay, not too far gone, but it is slipping away....) I can't go back. I can't hijack an avatar teen. I see the new generation coming. They are like an army! Fresh and strong and full of dreams and insecurities--and they have to figure it all out on their own.
This saying is a truth: "Youth is wasted on the young!"