Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Dear Younger Me

So in less than 2 weeks (31st August in case you were wondering) I turn 21 (cue the happy giddy over excited child like screaming me). But it got me thinking about how much has changed and how much I've grown up in the last 21 years and then I thought why not turn it into a look back/letter to my younger self post. 


Dear Younger Me,


It's hard to believe you're going to be 21. I still remember being at primary school and being obsessed with cricket. I thought back then, I'd made friends for life but if there's one thing I've learnt it's that everything can change as quickly as it can happen. You meet people who you maybe aren't meant to know forever and that's ok. You grow apart from people and that's ok. It's all part of life. 



What else have you learnt about friendship. Well, on one hand, going through hard times will show you who's going to be there for you. But going through those crappy times and losing friends will also bring you closer. Trust your instinct and use your head. 



You'll learn to not expect anything because that's what your mum has passed onto you. You'll also learn that the unexpected can happen. Out of the blue. Like a blast from the past sometimes. But can people change? Well even now I'd really really like to think so but you never really know. 



Family. Family is everything. They get you through so much and as you grow older you'll begin to appreciate them more. Younger me, you've definitely been spoilt by everyone because you're the youngest. But if I could advise you now, it'd be to not take that for granted. Even from a young age, appreciate everything you've got. But maybe that's something that comes with age. 



You'll go through the stages where you're parents will begin to annoy you and you'll have arguments with your mum. But just remember how much they've already done and will do for you. 



What else? Confidence and shyness is something you lack and maybe that'll hold you back from certain things. But if I could I'd go back, I'd try and change that. Step out of your shell, don't be scared. Don't be scared to ask for help. You'll definitely grow in confidence but you won't realise it until you've grown up. 



I guess I'd also say have confidence in yourself. Hard work does pay off so don't ever think it won't. When you're stressing over A-levels or GCSE's or even SATs just remember you can do it. Look at where I am now - graduating from uni. When you pretty much failed AS levels this seemed like a far fetched dream. Oh talking of A-levels. Don't be afraid to tell your dad you don't want to do Maths. You've always known you've never been a Mathematician. 



Chances. You'll get told this a lot but take every chance and opportunity. Looking back there are a few you've missed. You'll begin to learn it's the things you don't do that you regret. So if I could give you some advice it'd be just go for it. When it comes to some things, forget consequences. 



So younger me, my main pieces of advice... make your mistakes, work hard, enjoy your teenage years. 



Yours Sincerely,



21 year old me. 



I could sit here and give you a massive look back at my younger self. But the past 21 years, everything that's happened, the ups and downs, the laugher and tears, the people I've met has made me who I am. And if even one of those hadn't happened I wonder if I'd be how I am now? 



If you could give your younger self some advice what would it be?
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  1. Aww this is sweet. My advice to my younger self (I turn 21 in september) would be don't set expectations too high, live in the moment and don't take what bullies say to you seriously because their thoughts are worthless!

    xo
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    1. Oo that's not too far away then. Definitely agree with the live in the moment. xx

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  2. I love this post, I should do something like this on my blog! Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. Aww thank you. I just started feeling a little nostalgic and thought I'd have a little look back. You should give it a go. Let me know if you do.

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