Letter to My 16 Year Old Self

Thursday 12 December 2013

I've been wanting to do the Letter to My 16 Year Old Self tag for quite a while now.  I think it's such a nice idea and I felt that it could be quite therapeutic also.  So here's my version of this tag, I hope you enjoy it.

Dear 16 year old Steph,

I'm writing you this letter in the hope that maybe some of the lessons I've learnt these past twelve years, may help make your journey a little easier.  I know how hard you are on yourself, and looking back, I don't know why.  I'd give anything to go back in time and be you again, to have a second chance at being young and carefree.  Now is the time you should be most confident.  You're young and clever, with a good heart.  You are not fat!  Believe me, I'd do anything to go back and be the size you are now.  The thing is, that you don't enjoy the things you have now, because you don't realise that you have them.

Value your family and friends - you never know when they won't be there anymore.  Over the coming years, you will lose people that you love - some you will be expecting to lose, and others you just can't even imagine leaving so soon.  Enjoy the people you care about now, don't take any time with them for granted.

Eat better and exercise - you'll appreciate it later in life.  Wear sunscreen, take care of your teeth and drink lots of water.  Take care of yourself.  Read more, write more and work hard.

Listen - to everyone around you, and learn as much as you can from others mistakes.  You don't need to make them yourself.

Be careful - don't trust everyone as much as you do.  Don't give your trust to anyone who doesn't earn it.  If only I could go back in time and warn you of all the times you'll be hurt when you least expect it, by people you trust.

You will fall in love.  You'll also have your heart broken several times - make sure you learn from every heartbreak and don't ever let it be for nothing.  Most importantly, don't be afraid to let yourself fall in love again.

Lastly - give yourself a break.  Stop beating yourself up and hating yourself the way you do.  You're a good person and you deserve to be happy, although you don't see it.  When someone pays you a compliment - accept it.  When you look in the mirror, be happy with what you see - you are pretty, despite what you think.

Things will get better - they will also get worse.  But don't give up.  Hang in there.  One day we'll find the happiness we deserve - I'm working on it!
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  1. This is insightful and beautiful, I would definitely tell my 16 year old self the same things as you've had written in your letter!


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