Dear 16 year old me,
It's ok to be you. Stop trying to be skinny enough, popular enough and pretty enough. Stop trying to force yourself into circles that are not welcoming. You are fine without them. Trust your gut. Don't give into the peer pressure from your boyfriend, your co-workers or your so-called friends. It's not worth it.
Those thoughts of being less than? Forget them. Don't listen to the people telling you that you're too skinny or too fat. You are perfect as you are. Stop ruminating on every word spoken to you, it will only destroy your perspective.
Ignore the bullies, they find joy that they don't deserve when they tear you down. You are better than them. Forget the teachers who say you can't do it. You have the brains, use them. Don't let someone else's lack of confidence in you destroy the confidence you have in yourself.
Most of all, practice self love. Speak encouraging words to yourself and others. Take time to express yourself in healthy ways instead of giving into unhealthy habits. You are worth so much more than you give yourself credit for.