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    Dear Zoe,

    No matter what you think, you will stop looking like a troll, and become halfway attractive. Also the losers you met in secondary school will still be your best friends.Oh and moving house won't be all bad, so don't get too upset about it. 02 is a good network, don't leave it. Take up a language! Get the fringe sooner rather than later.

    Now here's the serious stuff, there's a lot of drama in store for you, if you thought 2007 was a bad year, then wait till 2010, from start to finish it will be a car crash that will leave you emotionally drained, the only good thing will be you get Uni offers, and btw don't be a wimp and put Birmingham down. You're going to lose a major part of your life, and people are going to change. Don't drink till you can't stand up, because you only throw up, and it makes you feel worse. Despite what you believe your intuition IS usually right, if you listen to it you'll be able to avoid some of the mistakes you make.However,we do make it through, which is something. Hopefully all the bad stuff means we've learnt something, I'm not sure what it is yet but hopefully it'll come. Maybe you have to have a really bad year before an amazing one, I'll let you know.

    Love Zoe.
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    Dear me age 16,

    Think about your A level choices very carefully for they will dictate the rest of your life! Do not listen to the friends telling you to do I.C.T and Business Studies; but instead think of doing Maths and Physics! Do not give in to peer pressure!!

    You may only be 16, but your future depends on these decisions!

    Yours sincerely,

    yourself after a levels
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    Dear Diamonddust (aged 16)

    You may not believe it now but you're smart and you are NOT worthless. Don't blame yourself for getting so depressed you missed most of your lessons in year 11 and scraped through GCSEs. You're strong. Tell someone before it gets worse. You watched a documentary on anorexia and told a girl in your class anorexia was superficial and stupid and people who starved themselves had nothing better to do. You would never have thought that it was actually a mental illness, that you will suffer from it yourself and that the people you will meet who suffer from it will be some of the most amazing, special, intelligent, kind and loving people you've ever met. Be more tolerant and understanding of all mental illnesses. Don't judge others. But also, remember you are more than your illnesses. Don't let the depression get so bad that you stay in bed for weeks, don't eat and realise you felt better without eating. Don't buy scales and obsessively check your BMI. You know you're already underweight and you don't need to lose weight so don't do it out of curiosity because the doctors say you're losing weight and you can't see a difference. You'll never be able to see a difference even when you lose a lot of weight. If you don't realise that, you will spend your 18th birthday in hospital. When you get out of hospital, things will be harder than you've ever known them to be. Don't feel like a failure for not getting to a BMI that would have killed you. Don't restrict before Christmas. Don't buy into the New Year's weight loss thing. YOU don't need to lose weight. Take care of yourself now and if you can't stop the depression turning into anorexia, please try and listen to the professionals when you're put in touch with them. Your dietician only asked you to add an apple to your diet. There was no reason to cry and scream at him.

    Don't put others above yourself. People will take advantage. Don't worry about never having a boyfriend, at 18 you still won't have one but you'll be more confident with boys, which is a lot more important. Wear your retainer. If you don't your teeth will go back to how they were.
    Don't go to the college everyone says is amazing academically. It won't make you happy and you'll feel like ****. Also, don't take Biology or Chemistry. You don't want to be a doctor. You know you want to be a writer so focus on that. Enter competitions. Don't pressurise yourself to get straight As. You won't get As in Biology or Chemistry and you'll near kill yourself trying.

    Become a vegetarian. You won't miss meat at all and you'll feel so much better not eating dead flesh. You'll get over your phobia of mushrooms, though in 2 years you'll still be scared of soya.

    Don't be embarrassed buying sanitary towels from the supermarket- you're lucky to have periods. Don't judge yourself against other people because you'll never feel like you measure up. Write- a lot. Read books beside classics- you'll fall in love with The Time Traveller's Wife and everything by Jodi Piccoult. You're not ugly, just get your hair done and drink water and wear a bit of make-up. Be confident enough to be in a musical, don't just sing the songs on your own. You have a good voice, you just have no confidence. Get some! Take singing lessons and do what you've never had the confidence to do- be on stage. Audition for the school musical- don't say you will and then cop out. Nobody will laugh at you. Take up French and Spanish.
    Meet Stephen Sondheim before it's too late and don't squee in his face like an over excited fan-girl.
    Go to coffee shops and embrace pretentious poetry nights. Despite your hatred for fizzy drinks, drink diet coke- start liking the taste now because it will be a staple part of your diet in a few years. Tell your friends about your problems- they're good friends and they'll still be there for you despite your messed-upness.
    Live. Laugh. Love. And remember, if in doubt, quote from musicals!

    Love Diamonddust (aged 18)
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    Dear younger self,

    First of all, never be ashamed of who you are. I've got to know you very well in the last seventeen and nearly eighteen years, and you're actually a pretty decent girl. You're kind, caring, loyal and a wonderful friend. So what if you do get jealous? It only shows how much you care, and if you tell V about it, she'll understand and help you work through it. Those feelings you have won't stop just yet, but they're lessening. Small things mean a lot to you. That's fine, even if they don't mean much to others, use them to remind you that you are loved, as that's the lesson you're still struggling to learn.

    School is fine. You have your own group of friends. Don't trail after H, it's not worth it, she'll hurt you more than she'll help you. She's a lovely girl, but she has her own friends - and so do you. Don't neglect them for someone else. Keep going with Drama, it'll turn out fine (you get an A!) Lucy is bloody high maintenance, don't let her f*** you over when you're worth so much more.

    You're always going to miss Sarah, but that's okay, it's only normal. Mum and Dad WILL stick together as friends, even when Simon comes into the picture (which you will hate, but it makes mum happy). Get over yourself a bit though, learn to get on with people being angry, you have to learn. Get V those Whitney tickets, it'll be 100% worth it when you see her face.

    Dave's a class A d***. Don't get with him, and be grateful you don't do more than kiss if you do, as he's going to screw you over. For f***'s sake, DON'T waste your first kiss on Noor, that is one of the weirdest things you've ever done. Learn Frankie's name, and remember it, as it makes you look awful if you don't know his name. Also, get with him; you can't lead him on all night and then not, it's unfair.

    V absolutely adores you. Don't ever think she doesn't; she's just not as good at showing it. Fight for what you believe in as it will make you strong. LOVE musicals as they gave you a lifeline and a brand new hope. Don't faff around on AS study leave, revise Peter the Great thoroughly, then you won't have to resit it. Don't worry if J doesn't contact you, it doesn't upset you at ALL because you're wise enough to understand that that part of your life is finished. It's a good thing.

    Also, you're quite pretty. Wear contacts and make up earlier. In Summer 2009, don't let that weight go back on, keep losing it but speak to Mum as she'll help you do it sensibly. You don't turn anorexic so don't worry if you feel like you will. Limber for dance otherwise you're screwed for Grade 5 Modern. Your Grade 6 Ballet examiner is a complete bint so don't worry about your marks.

    Good luck with Guildhall!

    Love,
    your older self.

    P.S. I'd tell you not to bother with Hayley, but you should because you'll learn a lot about yourself, and that you're so much stronger than you think. She's a liar and manipulative, but you come out better on the other side despite it all.
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    Dear Sergio (12),

    You won't have the easiest life. Some amazing things will happen soon, and they will keep happening, same as bad things. However, I don't really want to tell you anything else. If I did, I'd change me as I am now, and tbh, even though the situation is not the best, it is still worth it.
    Enjoy it.

    Sergio (almost 18)
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    dear younger self (9)
    You're such a fag
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    Dear younger self
    Send naked pics to return address on back
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    Just remembered the episode of Drawn Together when Captain Hero speaks to his past self and ruins his life, then says he did so in revenge for someone doing the same to him when he was a kid(therefore a crazy paradox)
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    Dear Diamonddust (aged 16)

    You may not believe it now but you're smart and you are NOT worthless. Don't blame yourself for getting so depressed you missed most of your lessons in year 11 and scraped through GCSEs. You're strong. Tell someone before it gets worse. You watched a documentary on anorexia and told a girl in your class anorexia was superficial and stupid and people who starved themselves had nothing better to do. You would never have thought that it was actually a mental illness, that you will suffer from it yourself and that the people you will meet who suffer from it will be some of the most amazing, special, intelligent, kind and loving people you've ever met. Be more tolerant and understanding of all mental illnesses. Don't judge others. But also, remember you are more than your illnesses. Don't let the depression get so bad that you stay in bed for weeks, don't eat and realise you felt better without eating. Don't buy scales and obsessively check your BMI. You know you're already underweight and you don't need to lose weight so don't do it out of curiosity because the doctors say you're losing weight and you can't see a difference. You'll never be able to see a difference even when you lose a lot of weight. If you don't realise that, you will spend your 18th birthday in hospital. When you get out of hospital, things will be harder than you've ever known them to be. Don't feel like a failure for not getting to a BMI that would have killed you. Don't restrict before Christmas. Don't buy into the New Year's weight loss thing. YOU don't need to lose weight. Take care of yourself now and if you can't stop the depression turning into anorexia, please try and listen to the professionals when you're put in touch with them. Your dietician only asked you to add an apple to your diet. There was no reason to cry and scream at him.

    Don't put others above yourself. People will take advantage. Don't worry about never having a boyfriend, at 18 you still won't have one but you'll be more confident with boys, which is a lot more important. Wear your retainer. If you don't your teeth will go back to how they were.
    Don't go to the college everyone says is amazing academically. It won't make you happy and you'll feel like ****. Also, don't take Biology or Chemistry. You don't want to be a doctor. You know you want to be a writer so focus on that. Enter competitions. Don't pressurise yourself to get straight As. You won't get As in Biology or Chemistry and you'll near kill yourself trying.

    Become a vegetarian. You won't miss meat at all and you'll feel so much better not eating dead flesh. You'll get over your phobia of mushrooms, though in 2 years you'll still be scared of soya.

    Don't be embarrassed buying sanitary towels from the supermarket- you're lucky to have periods. Don't judge yourself against other people because you'll never feel like you measure up. Write- a lot. Read books beside classics- you'll fall in love with The Time Traveller's Wife and everything by Jodi Piccoult. You're not ugly, just get your hair done and drink water and wear a bit of make-up. Be confident enough to be in a musical, don't just sing the songs on your own. You have a good voice, you just have no confidence. Get some! Take singing lessons and do what you've never had the confidence to do- be on stage. Audition for the school musical- don't say you will and then cop out. Nobody will laugh at you. Take up French and Spanish.
    Meet Stephen Sondheim before it's too late and don't squee in his face like an over excited fan-girl.
    Go to coffee shops and embrace pretentious poetry nights. Despite your hatred for fizzy drinks, drink diet coke- start liking the taste now because it will be a staple part of your diet in a few years. Tell your friends about your problems- they're good friends and they'll still be there for you despite your messed-upness.
    Live. Laugh. Love. And remember, if in doubt, quote from musicals!

    Love Diamonddust (aged 18)
    I reckon this has been the best written, most heart-felt reply of the entire thread. Congrats.
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    (Original post by Billydodger)
    I reckon this has been the best written, most heart-felt reply of the entire thread. Congrats.
    Aww, thank you. That's really sweet of you to say! Makes me cringe to read it back...
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    Dear Me at 13,

    You're gay, stop kidding yourself. Oh, and quit eating so much - you're never going to be tall, so every mars bar shows...

    Yours,

    Me at 17 going on 18.

    P.S. DUMBLEDORE DIES D:
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    Dear camelfarmer, these are the lottery results for the next 12 years...
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    Dear 1st son (age 16),

    Dont throw this letter away you ass its important,
    ok.... dont play football untill 11pm you have a bloody exam the next morning...and catch the 209 bus not the 33 it may take a longer route but it will save you time in your exam! also....go to the toilet before you sit an english and enligh lit paper.
    REMEMBER the "+C" in your A level maths paper question 7....it bloody asked you to find "C"....DONT NOT DEFRINTIATE IT LOOOL....dont worry you will just end up retaking....

    oh btw your gona be driving a nissan micra as your first car HAHAHA LOOOSSSEERR....!

    oh when you have tht "whos got a dirtier mind" convo with one of your mates....your sister is listening soo...dont have tht convo...

    Dont play poker....

    mum will forget your 18th bday btw soo dont get happy about where your gonna go and wat your gonna do

    and just take care! eat all the junk while you can...

    regards

    me


    P.S. you have a special someone as your secret santa...you will kno who it is when you come to it.
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    Dear Diamonddust (aged 16)

    You may not believe it now but you're smart and you are NOT worthless. Don't blame yourself for getting so depressed you missed most of your lessons in year 11 and scraped through GCSEs. You're strong. Tell someone before it gets worse. You watched a documentary on anorexia and told a girl in your class anorexia was superficial and stupid and people who starved themselves had nothing better to do. You would never have thought that it was actually a mental illness, that you will suffer from it yourself and that the people you will meet who suffer from it will be some of the most amazing, special, intelligent, kind and loving people you've ever met. Be more tolerant and understanding of all mental illnesses. Don't judge others. But also, remember you are more than your illnesses. Don't let the depression get so bad that you stay in bed for weeks, don't eat and realise you felt better without eating. Don't buy scales and obsessively check your BMI. You know you're already underweight and you don't need to lose weight so don't do it out of curiosity because the doctors say you're losing weight and you can't see a difference. You'll never be able to see a difference even when you lose a lot of weight. If you don't realise that, you will spend your 18th birthday in hospital. When you get out of hospital, things will be harder than you've ever known them to be. Don't feel like a failure for not getting to a BMI that would have killed you. Don't restrict before Christmas. Don't buy into the New Year's weight loss thing. YOU don't need to lose weight. Take care of yourself now and if you can't stop the depression turning into anorexia, please try and listen to the professionals when you're put in touch with them. Your dietician only asked you to add an apple to your diet. There was no reason to cry and scream at him.

    Don't put others above yourself. People will take advantage. Don't worry about never having a boyfriend, at 18 you still won't have one but you'll be more confident with boys, which is a lot more important. Wear your retainer. If you don't your teeth will go back to how they were.
    Don't go to the college everyone says is amazing academically. It won't make you happy and you'll feel like ****. Also, don't take Biology or Chemistry. You don't want to be a doctor. You know you want to be a writer so focus on that. Enter competitions. Don't pressurise yourself to get straight As. You won't get As in Biology or Chemistry and you'll near kill yourself trying.

    Become a vegetarian. You won't miss meat at all and you'll feel so much better not eating dead flesh. You'll get over your phobia of mushrooms, though in 2 years you'll still be scared of soya.

    Don't be embarrassed buying sanitary towels from the supermarket- you're lucky to have periods. Don't judge yourself against other people because you'll never feel like you measure up. Write- a lot. Read books beside classics- you'll fall in love with The Time Traveller's Wife and everything by Jodi Piccoult. You're not ugly, just get your hair done and drink water and wear a bit of make-up. Be confident enough to be in a musical, don't just sing the songs on your own. You have a good voice, you just have no confidence. Get some! Take singing lessons and do what you've never had the confidence to do- be on stage. Audition for the school musical- don't say you will and then cop out. Nobody will laugh at you. Take up French and Spanish.
    Meet Stephen Sondheim before it's too late and don't squee in his face like an over excited fan-girl.
    Go to coffee shops and embrace pretentious poetry nights. Despite your hatred for fizzy drinks, drink diet coke- start liking the taste now because it will be a staple part of your diet in a few years. Tell your friends about your problems- they're good friends and they'll still be there for you despite your messed-upness.
    Live. Laugh. Love. And remember, if in doubt, quote from musicals!

    Love Diamonddust (aged 18)
    This is such an incredible reply... it made me well up You seem like such a wonderful person
 
 
 
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