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A letter to my 16 year old self

June 28, 2010

Inspired by this lovely piece I started thinking about what I would like a younger me to know (besides advice to invest in Apple Macintosh computers).

I’d start with a hug, and then tell her the following…

  • You’re about to take a risk by dropping ot of school early to go to Agricultural College. You’re right, things will work out absolutely fine and you’ll still be able to go to uni.
  • Your two years at Ag College won’t be all that easy, you won’t fit in very well and you’ll be pushed out of just about all of your comfort zones but boy, it’ll be so worth it. Not only will you gain a new respect for yourself and your abilities, the stories you leave with will buy you drinks for years to come.
  • Your braces are probably worth it.
  • Glenn’s gay. Try to act a little bit surprised when he tells you.
  • Please make an effort to keep in touch with Glenn while you’re away at college, please please keep exchanging those letters with him like you used to. You’ll miss him dreadfully when he’s gone.
  • You’ll make new and wonderful friends in all the things you’ll do, but those girls you’ve got now? They really are the bomb-shizzle. They will always be there for you in good times and bad, so remember to be there for them too.
  • Speaking of the girls, Kate’s going to be ordained an Anglican Priest! Crazy, huh? Don’t worry, she’ll always be just as awesome as she is now. Actually, she very possibly just keeps on getting more and more awesome.
  • No-one can tell whether or not you’ve shaved your legs when you’re wearing a swimming cozzie. Nor do they care. Really.
  • You CAN expect and hope to find real jump-over-the-rainbow happiness in a relationship. Please believe in that and know that you have every right to jump ship if you’re not finding it.
  • Similarly, avoiding hurting someone is NOT a good enough reason to stay in a relationship that’s not making you happy.
  • You’ll end up living in Sydney for quite a few years and, more to the point, loving it. I know! Us a “city girl”, weird huh? We’ll go bush again sometime, but I’m not sure when yet. I’ll write again when I know.
  • Try to remember the scary things in life are often the good things. Keep pushing yourself.
  • Don’t worry; you will eventually grow some boobs. Really.
  • Dad’s nice, huh? You should give him a bit of a cuddle whenever you get the chance, even if he thinks you’re being weird. One day you won’t be able to.
  • Generally, you’re going about things the right way, just… try to believe in yourself a bit more. Because, despite your doubts and fears, you really are going to do some pretty great stuff (some silly stuff too, but that’s par for the course). So go get ‘em tiger. High five!
  • (yeah… you’ll always be a little bit weird and embarrassing. Sorry.)

love, me. x

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 22, 2010 7:25 am

    This made me laugh, tear up, smile in recognition and then tear up again all in the course of the two minutes it took me to read it.

    Beautiful.

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