A Letter To My Younger Self

A Letter To My Younger Self
I've seen a lot of these posts around the Blogosphere recently, and I love the idea of 
giving my younger self some advice so I thought I'd have a go at writing my own.

Dear Becky,

I know it doesn’t look like it now but everything is going to change for the better. You know that open meeting about the radio station your dad is dragging you to? It’s going to be a good thing - don’t try to worm your way out of this one.

I know things seem hard at the moment - you’re not one of the populars, you’re not doing great in school and you don’t have a “group” to hang around with. You’re the awkward girl trying to find somewhere to go with no doors open, but I promise things will change.

You know that boy? The older one who seems to understand you? Steer clear. When people say he’s no good for you, I know it’s easier to ignore them than face up to the truth but they’re right. In years to come, you will regret the day you stopped to say “Hey” to him in the hallway. When you realise how much of your life he took away, you will regret the day you added him on Facebook. 

A Letter To My Younger Self

You know the radio station meeting? You need to go  - what seems like a strange thing in a room above Tesco will grow into something that will save your teenage years and shape your future beyond what you could imagine. I know you don’t have the confidence right now, but trust me, you’ll find it through the radio. I know you don’t have friends at the moment, but soon you will find people that you can call family.

I know it’s easy to get caught up in school drama, but believe me it doesn’t matter. When you’ve left and you look back on it, you’ll realise that what upset you at the time was because you had matured beyond your years and they had yet to catch up.

Those popular kids that you hated but wanted to be friends with? Give it time and they’ll be chasing after you. Ignore them though. They’re only interested because they see you’re getting somewhere in life.

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I know right now you think you’re the fat ugly girl, but give it time. Take care of your skin and it will clear up, take care of your body - you’ll grow into it. It may seem worlds away, but in just a few years you will be surrounded by people who call you beautiful every single day, and they mean it.

Don’t give up writing, and stop chatting in English class. It WILL pay off when you spend ten minutes trying to work out the correct use of grammar. Maths is a waste of time, the only time you will ever use it is when you try to beat your future boyfriend at Monopoly, and he lets you win anyway. Still, you need that grade to get into uni so instead of getting kicked out of every lesson, try to at least do some work.

People will come in and out of your life over the next few years and that’s okay. They’re there in that moment for a reason, and you shouldn’t try to hold on when it’s time for them to leave your life. People that you thought you could be without will turn out to be the people who matter to you most in a few years. The people you are trying to be friends with now will become irrelevant as soon as you go your separate ways.

A Letter To My Younger Self

Family are the most important thing in life, and this will only become more obvious with time. In a few years you will need each other, and it’s going to be your job to hold everything together. You’ll be maid, chef, secretary and butler, and while everyone around you worries, what you are going through now will set you up to take on these roles with ease.

Be kind - even when people aren’t in return. It’s easy to shout and get frustrated, but rising above it proves you to be the better person.  And that boy I told you is no good? He will make you the most miserable you will ever feel, but getting away from him will push you into new and great adventures, and you will meet some of the most incredible and inspiring people. 

You will travel, work with amazing people in beautiful places, be given some opportunities that you couldn’t even dream of and you will do incredible things. One day you will inspire others.

Hold on - the best is yet to come and it’s not that far around the corner.

See you in a few years.

Love & Feathers,
The Owlet 
(Don’t worry, you’ll understand that soon).

P.S. That red lipstick smudges, don’t buy it. And you’ll laugh at that eyeliner soon.

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