Top 10 Things I Don't Want to Forget When I Grow Up

By Roe, age 17, Oman

Just how many times has it happened with us that, after a particularly bad fight with your mom, or a "Dad-will-never-understand-me" episode, we think: This is it. This is the last straw. There's a lot of jaw-clenching and anger, and if you have a temper, then maybe even some wall-punching or deodorant-flinging-across-the-room (it actually helps, I've tried!). And yet, after it all subsides and the 'foam on top' dies down, we think of it from a serious angle. I admit, more often than not it's our fault, but when it's not, then we have this strange sadness. And - at least in me - this leads to strong resolutions.

If you've read my previous article, "Seventeen and Engaged" (SDM, Sep '11), you'll know that I got engaged last summer. Although I'm finishing senior year, I've started to think of my future lately. Kind of natural, I suppose. So one day, I got thinking: don't our parents remember what it was like to be our age? Did they not go through similar thoughts of rebellion and frustration? And then I had this brilliant idea. I wrote a letter to a future me, in the hope that one day, when I'm a harried mother of thirty-something, and I chance upon this article of mine, I can remember.

These are the things I want to make sure I remember:

1. I will never give up writing. I will write as much as I can in whatever time I have. If I can't do market research, I will write a diary every single day in great detail on my laptop.

2. I will never take out frustration from one thing on another.

3. I will always love junk food, specially chips and chocolates.

4. I will watch movies at night with junk food and popcorn for the rest of my life.

5. I will admit my mistakes when someone points them out, even if he/she is being annoyingly smug.

6. I will never call my children fat - especially when he/she really is.

7. I will never tell anyone that I don't like the food they have cooked. I will secretly wake up in the night and fix myself a sandwich, or I will TALK IT OUT.

8. I will never be afraid to apologize, especially to people younger than me.

9. I will never nag. Even if I think I deserve to and am crazily frustrated, chances are that the other person is even more exhausted than I am. I will always approach things the right way.

10. I will tell the people I love that I love them - while I can.

So is there something you're afraid to forget? Write it down, fellow writers! The pen is a powerful tool. Utilize it!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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