A Letter to a Younger Self

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Hi me, how are you?
Look, I already know the answer. BUT let me just give you some advice and tips from here on out, okay?

First things first –

STOP THROWING AWAY YOUR LUNCH ORDER CHANGE!!
Mate. I can tell you right now, you end up throwing so much money away and you’ll feel like a total dumbass. Stop being lazy and just peel it off the brown paper bag, okay? Okay cool.  Mum and dad don’t put in a $10 note for a $4 lunch, for you to throw the rest out. Take it home – ask if you can have a tin to put it in. 

Everything will be okay.
YOU will be okay.
Yeah the sun does set, but it rises again – just like you.
The dark days will and, do, suck, don’t get me wrong,
but boy, oh boy, the bright days are worth it.

Love yourself. Don’t be a jerk about it, but love yourself enough to know your worth.
DO NOT LOWER YOURSELF FOR ANYONE UNLESS YOU’RE HELPING THEM BACK UP.
In saying that, help people always, but don’t get upset when they don’t help you.
That’s just the way some people are, and that’s fine.
You remain you.

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DO NOT SHAVE/CUT YOUR FRINGE– oh you might have already. If you haven’t – DON’T. You’ll have school photos a week later and it’ll be horrendous. Hilarious but terrible. Actually, scrap that all. Do it – it’ll be funny, but don’t tell mum I said to though, okay? Only because you’ll sound crazy.
Also – hole-punching your hair won’t work how you think it will.

Try. Don’t worry about the opinions of those that are around you. Try at athletics carnivals, who gives a crap if you’re last? At least you had a go. Trust me. Not having a go is a lot worse than “embarrassment”. You shouldn’t be embarrassed anyway!

Some of the people that you think are going to be by your side ‘forever’, won’t be there – at all. You’ll be sad about it sometimes, but then realise that you can sometimes miss the memories but not necessarily the people. People do change – and we are one of them. Let me tell you – we change so much.  But we take a complete different path than the one that we thought we would.

ENJOY YOURSELF. Don’t stress so much about how you look. Honestly – in what will feel like forever, you’ll look back and feel like you wasted years just stressing about yourself. See how stupid that sounds? Just be comfortable with yourself. If you wear something because you think it makes you look better, but it feels like wearing barbed wire or like wearing a potato sac– take the fucking thing off and go put on your damn tights. Stuff people’s opinion on your exterior, it really is what’s on the inside that counts. Look – we are still trying to take our own advice with that.

SMILE
Laugh. Laugh with others, laugh at your own jokes, and laugh at yourself. Don’t cover your mouth every time you smile or laugh. Be confident in your happiness. 

Don’t drink the rest of the, straight, southern comfort all at once before Maths. It’ll go straight to your head and you’ll get suspended. Idiot, who does that? 
Maths really isn’t that bad… just kidding we still hate it.

You’ll get pain. You’ll have surgeries. You’ll have the whole community help you get one of the said surgeries and THAT, my dear me, will change your outlook on things – forever. Don’t be scared – say what you need to.
Family definitely isn’t always blood. I believe you can choose your family, I don’t care what anyone says.  

DON’T CUT UP MUMS NEW BATH MATS JUST BECAUSE SHE ANNOYED YOU. You’ll seem like a real psychopath. 
DON’T THROW AWAY FRIENDSHIPS because another one of your friends doesn’t like them. 
DON’T LET DAD TAKE YOUR TURTLE OUT OF THE TANK TO GET A NEW ONE, he’ll run away. He’s fast. 

Keep in touch with people. I miss so many people that I never kept in touch with. I shut off when I got to a certain point and I wish that I didn’t. 
BUT – don’t be the only one that makes an effort. 

You’ll do great, kid. 
Just don’t eat all the food and stop hiding it under your mattress and in your drawers – mum will find it and will forever tease you about your food hoarding.


Enjoy life, take risks, snatch opportunities and always be yourself.

 

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Author: kaselea

Mother of two. Sarcastic, honest, overthinker and a little crazy

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