Saturday, 20 July 2013
A letter to my 16 year old self
Dear 16 year old Me,
I am now 26 years old. I wanted to write to you, dear 16-year-old self, to offer you some guidance and words of wisdom that I wish that I'd known during the last ten years.
Being skinny doesn't mean you have to starve yourself, but enjoy it while it comes easily. I'm not saying you're going to be fat when you're older, but at your age, skinny comes naturally. Don't worry too much about what you're eating, your body is naturally burning it off. Keep on running but eat what you like. When you get older it's not so easy to stay slim and you don't have as much time to exercise, so enjoy eating crap while you still can little me!
You're not tortured and misunderstood. You might think that you're the only one who is really a tortured soul who struggles through every day life and is severely misunderstood, but believe me... all teenagers think that. I teach lots of teenagers, and they all think they're the only ones with problems. They all listen to sad music and cry. They all think that no one understands them. Your life is good. Don't waste time trying to be the most miserable teenager. Things will change and being sad won't seem as 'cool'.
Enjoy your family. They're not going to be around forever, and they will never be all under one roof again. Spend time with them. Don't hide yourself in your room. Spend time with your parents and let them know that you appreciate them. Value that special time. In fact, even be nice to your brother once in a while. He's not that bad.
You're actually right about a lot of things. Don't let people lead you to believe your views aren't correct. Stick to your intuition. You're right, and you're intelligent. Stand up for that. You're actually pretty funny too. However...
Question your beliefs. Are you really sure about religion? Do some reading, talk to others and question your ideas. What do intelligent people around you think? Why?
People will like you. You might not be the most popular kid in school, but it won't matter. Once you start in the outside world you will have friends of different ages and spend time with lots of different people. Even if it takes a bit of time, the vast majority of people will warm to you and think you're funny and nice. It's not about being the most attractive. It's about being confident, kind and approachable, which you are.
Things won't always be smooth and you will have a lot to deal with in the next ten years. However, you'll cope, and you'll be proud of yourself. Things definitely go wrong for us at times, but you'll have the right support at the right times. You'll be surprised how hard you can work and how many challenges you'll jump into! Enjoy being a teenager while it lasts. Oh, and don't worry. You will get a dog, (but he'll find you so stop looking)!
Lots of love,
Your 26 year old self.