30 Years Later…

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 | Tags: , , , , , ,

This Saturday I’ll be going to my 30th high school reunion. As anyone facing such a milestone may relate to, my thoughts go to who will be there, what I should wear (!?) and of course, everything that’s happened over the past three decades.

Regrets? Not many. But I would still have a few words of advice for my 17-year-old self:

  1. You aren’t good at being married. Not that you’ll listen.
  2. It’s okay to not want to have kids.
  3. Don’t wait so long to get a dog.
  4. Buy as much Vancouver real estate as you can, as early as you can.
  5. Avoid snowboarding. It doesn’t end well.
  6. You’re not shy. You’re quiet. There’s a difference.
  7. When you’re unhappy, take the leap and start over.
  8. You are definitely a “winter,” not a “fall.” Dress accordingly.
  9. Some of the things that hurt the most will turn out to be the biggest blessings.
  10. Don’t get a perm.image
  11. Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself.
  12. On September 25th, 2006 be sure to go out for a walk. You will find $100.
  13. You won’t understand what this means but learn to “code.” Trust me.
  14. Wear lots of acid wash and take pictures. They will come in handy for a thing called #tbt.
  15. Listen to your gut. It speaks very loudly and very clearly.
  16. He’s sooo not worth it.
  17. Be nicer to your mom. She’ll turn out to be one of your best friends.
  18. Perseverance will serve you well.
  19. Don’t take your good jewelry to France with you.
  20. Some of your best friendships are yet to come.
  21. Don’t wear cowboy boots without socks.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  22. An Apple share a day keeps the debtors away.
  23. There’s a kid down the street named Ryan Reynolds. You may want to babysit him. Just sayin’.
  24. Get a good lawyer.
  25. Drinking vodka straight out of the bottle is not a good idea.
  26. Take cooking lessons. Trust me, just do it.
  27. Get that mole on your nose removed sooner rather than later.
  28. Did I mention investing in Vancouver real estate?
  29. Always back up your computer.
  30. Don’t worry, it will turn out okay. At least so far! image                                                     Prince of Wales Mini School, Class of 1986
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  • Jerry Smith

    Loving the Library card photo! (I can say that safely because you’ll never, ever (ever!) see my college pics from the same (totally awesone) mid-eighties period.

    BTW: thanks to both of you for making cooking a little less scary for me

    • http://www.annaandkristina.com/ Kristina

      Thanks Jerry, glad we could ease the pain a little bit.

  • Silvia

    thanks for sharing your lessons and btw you’re fabulous!!!

    • http://www.annaandkristina.com/ Kristina

      Thanks Silvia!

  • BrainofMorbius

    And #31, get yourself an automated vegetable chopper ahead of time and a industrial size tube of burn cream for your future cooking show partner.

    (That girl at the top certainly seems to be looking out towards a bright future!)

    • http://www.annaandkristina.com/ Kristina

      I do believe she was!

      • BrainofMorbius

        And you have one! Funny how things work out. Beautiful Kristina, rich and famous – – with the world grovelling at her feet (except for Anna, that is). A goal we all aspire to! Did you ever think you’d come so far? LOL =)

        (Of course, that’s how we all see you from the other side of the screen.) Real life of course involves things like cleaning the litter box and changing diapers (not that I ever do those things), and none of which you ever see in a Tom Cruise movie…

  • Tim Edwards

    That girl in the library card looks a bit crazy to me. Hope she grew out of it. lol

  • Tracey

    Kristina, what are you thoughts about coming out as a Transgender Woman and showing up to my class reunion as a woman?