In Honour of International Women’s Day (and because I did not have a post prepared) I have decided to follow today’s trend of Dear Me and write a letter to myself as a teenager.
So, without further ado:
Dear Past Me,
You do not have to act serious to be taken seriously but you do have to be confident. Stick up for yourself and stand by your opinions. There will always be people who disagree with you and you will never be liked by everyone. Accept this and move on. The people who matter will like you for you, and those that don’t have no place in your life.
Don’t be ashamed to like the things you like. It doesn’t matter if you like urban fantasy novels, bad movies, Highlander, Dinosaurs and board games. Embrace your passions! Don’t pretend to like things to impress other people, you’ll just end up miserable and listening to a lot of lame music while reading books that make you want to tear your hair out from boredom.
One day the pound symbol will grow to mean something different. No longer will a number sign be a number sign, instead it will become a “tag”, a way to find things on the internet. You do not have to use it. Not all trends are meant to be followed.
(This is a pun, though my teenage self won’t get it. Just laugh and move on.)
Speaking of trends, don’t try and follow fashions that don’t suit you. Fashion comes and goes but style is timeless. Find what makes you look and feel good and just leave it at that. Please, remember this advice when looking at neon, pleather pants, and anything “faux”.
Never stop writing and taking pictures. It doesn’t matter if you create things for people or only for yourself just make sure you never stop being creative.
Further to this, don’t try to hold on to everything you create, or really even everything you like. Hoarding is not healthy. Sometimes the best thing you can do with something beautiful is to give it to someone else.
And most importantly embrace failure because you will fail. It sucks, and it can be devastating, but don’t let it wreck you. Life is meant to be hard. Accept this and appreciate it. If life were easy what would be the point?
With all my love (is that narcissistic?)
Future (Present?) Me.