Bethenny Frankel, TV Star
Dear Younger Self,
Don't worry so much. Time will pass you by and what you'll remember are things like the smells of summer by the beach, a home-cooked meal, and the first time your child walks or says "mama." You'll forget that boy who isn't paying attention to you and you'll soon learn that being the prettiest girl in the room isn't important, but being the most fun, outgoing, bubbly, and interesting is.
When times get tough, make laughing your priority. For years to come, it's the funny moments that you, your friends, and your family will talk about.
Also, younger self:
- Never pay retail. The item will be on sale somewhere and getting a deal will make you feel better.
- Learn to drive stick when you first get your license or you may never learn.
- Tip everyone. It means much more to them than it does to you.
- Wear plenty of sunscreen, please. And do not be a sun worshipper.
- Have a family dog. Get one that is on the smaller side. They live longer.
- Always stop at lemonade stands.
- Wait for the good guy. Don't settle, but also know that there's no such thing as the perfect man. Marry someone who loves you no matter what you look like or say or do and who knows the real you.
- Read books. Read the newspaper. It instills confidence to be able to have a conversation at the dinner table.
- If you have a good idea, go for it. Don't assume it has already been done. Never assume anyone is smarter than you because they're not.
- Most importantly: Enjoy your life. Remember, you only get one.
Frankel is the star of Bravo's Bethenny Ever After and author of the new novel Skinnydipping.