What would you say to your younger self? If you're a college student, what would you say to your sixteen-year-old self? What advice would you give? Any warnings?
If I were able to talk to my sixteen-year-old self, I would take to him about taking chances. The world is frightening and I know that you, or me, are afraid of the future and all that is about to happen. Things are scary, the unknown is now on the threshold. Don't be afraid to take a peak, though. I'm not afraid now of where life will take me. I'm not afraid of what I will discover and what I will learn from living. You shouldn't be. Don't worry about changing what's about to happen in your life.
Don't go to BYU, don't serve a mission, don't go to church. Don't do whatever. Just take a chance and accept who you are. There are so many people in your life that love you and care for you. They'd help you in a heartbeat. It's all right to like another guy. It's all right to just be you. Relax and don't be afraid.
But if you choose to follow the path that leads to where I am now, own up to it and embrace it wholeheartedly. I am happy where I'm at in life. It's taken a long time to get there and I traveled through so much dark times, but I'm happy now. The world is beautiful and I have many friends. So, younger self, take this change that you've got and truly explore the world around you. Go to the GSA club on campus, challenge your religious beliefs, and question your political views. Our parents may not be ok with it, but that's not what matters.
As a friend of mine put it, decide what you will do today because you are the only one that must live your life. Live it, then, as you would find noble and fitting. I think that is advice to give to everyone, not just me. Don't be afraid to live. Don't be afraid to make mistakes and don't be afraid to love. Don't ever be afraid to love.
Last of all, don't be afraid to kiss a girl ;) They're hilariously fun to kiss. Just remember that life is too short to be afraid to live it. And, if necessary, go break the law and get drunk. You never know what will happen. It might be fun but it will definitely be worth it.