Monday, 23 July 2012

Letter to my 16 year old self...

sunset,cullen, bay, scotland, moray firth, skink
Sunset over Cullen Bay - Amey Slater photography (Do not steal!)

I've seen these done before but I figured my 16 year old self could probably do with some wise words:

Dear 16 year old self,


First things first: listen to and respect your parents. They speak wise words which will help you later in life. Out of all the people in the world, they are the people who probably know you best. Also, make every moment count with them as life has a way of throwing in some nasty twists and turns.


You know that primary school friendship? Let it go. This person has done enough over the years to destroy your confidence. It won't get better. In fact, after the Paris trip, it will inevitably get worse and you will feel at your lowest. Instead, concentrate on other friendships. One will stay with you for a long time, long after university finishes. 


Take up horse-riding again. It made you happy and was always your highlight of the week. Once you leave home, it will be harder to do.


Don't limit yourself to what you want to do in life. Explore other options at this stage. You may find something that you prefer.


If you work hard, you will get where you want to be. Don't be put off by peers who get straight A's. If you focus enough, you could do that too. It's not unachievable.


Read. Reading was something you loved doing until it became 'uncool'. Embrace it again and discover new and existing pastures. Also on the subject of reading, read over your English coursework. You don't realise when you write, but you frequently write material that makes no sense and you have a habit of adding in the same words twice in a row. Reading over would help you go much further with English.


Get creative - paint, draw, photograph. These are all things that you enjoy doing but never seem to do much of. Later in life, you will have even less time to do these so enjoy doing these while you can.


Accompany your parents when walking the dog. Later, when not living at home and you have no dog in your house, you will miss this activity tremendously. Also, family pets are not around forever, so you should treasure every moment even if it does mean walking in the pouring rain.


Love your 24 year old self

Have you ever tried writing one of these? If so, leave a comment with a link to the post below and I'll have a look :).