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    Twelve year old me,

    • She's gone away for a while, she'll never hurt you again, you can get through this, and you will. But you're safe now, I promise.
    • You're about to make the biggest mistake of your life. It's going to be hell. But it makes you who you are in seven years.
    • You've already met this guy, he's going to treat you like she did. I know that's not what you want to hear, but stand up for yourself from day one and it won't be as bad.
    • K is going to stab you in the back. She's no good for you. Keep her at arms length.
    • J, treat her better, she's a good person, something weird will happen with you two, but that's who you are. And you love it!
    • Your best friend is a *****. **** her off now or she will royally screw you over.
    • You're gonna get a new bowling coach, make sure she's only a coach. Don't trust her.
    • Try harder with mum, this isn't her fault. She's a good person.
    • Mum and Dad, they're getting back together, don't worry, it doesn't last forever.
    • Cocaine is a waste of money.
    • As are poppers, cigarettes and your gym membership.
    • Chill out, you'll sail through your SATs and GCSE's but dont take German.
    • All the staff at work are nobs. Be careful, one of your colleagues becomes your step sister.
    • You're 15, you've snuck into a gay club, you're gonna meet a nice blonde girl, things are gonna happen, remember her name.
    • Don't ever stop your sport, even temporarily, you will lose out, big time.
    • One rainy night in November 2007, you have a netball match, you're the only one with the right grip on your trainers, don't play. You will wake up in an ambulance and be bed bound for a month =]
    • Don't go to your schools sixth form. BFC. Trust me!
    • Blackpool Football Club do make it to the Premiership in your lifetime. No, i'm not winding you up!
    • You're second serious girlfriend will be the best thing to ever happen to you. Trust her with your life. Be 100% honest and open with her. Keep hold of her, no matter what. Christmas 2009 will be hard, don't give up.
    • Stand by your mum.
    • Watch the L word.
    • Go to Bens funeral. Go with J. She needs you more than you know.
    • Don't vote Lib Dems, they will increase tuition fees.
    • Don't walk Alaska when its snowing. She disappears in snow. It will take you 18 hours to find her.
    • Don't let Dad buy you that Corsa. It's a death trap.
    • You're a vodka or cider girl. Lager will make you ill.
    • When you're 19 you're gonna write this and realise you ignored every word of it. And you'll only have one regret. And it'll be Chelsea. I promise.

    Your 19 year old self.

    PS incase you didn't work it out already, yes, you're a lesbian.
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    Dear 12 year old me,

    You're about to start secondary, understand that the first few years don't mean **** - well, maybe English, Maths and Science are necessary, but **** the rest. Play more games, go out with friends more, become more social.
    In the future, you will want to grow and become more of a man, you will go the gym several times a week to achieve this goal. You will continue and pursue your wishes, don't be one of those who dream and do nothing about it, wake up and grab it.
    Lastly, remember not to stress to much and remember that you should always put yourself first.

    From you at 16.
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    Ask her out ffs, even if you don't like her in that way at this moment in time.

    Regards,
    Your emo 20-year-old self.
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    Dear my 11 year old self,

    What seems fun at the time isn't. Stop playing the computer so often, start going out as much as you can. Stop listening to such rubbish music, ditch those people you consider friends - they'll only cause you trouble. Get a haircut. Eat healthily and exercise - take up a martial art and hit the gym. Work work work, do not stop working hard - aim for perfect grades.

    ASK HER OUT, SHE REALLY DOES LIKE YOU.

    Relax a little, crack jokes - you'll learn later in life that if you can get people to like you your life is so much easier. Don't not like someone because you don't know them, start talking, I know you're shy but just try silly little things like saying Hi. Maintain eye contact, walk tall. Become more of a gentleman - speak politely, say please and thankyou, hold door's for everyone, not just girls. Get contacts.

    Excel in everything you do, be known as being an all round good guy. Work hard and aim high, never doubt yourself.
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    Dear self, aged 17,

    Hey! What's up! This is me... one year into the future.

    Your life right now is s**t and I don't think you realize the extent of it. You've seen a millionth of what true happiness actually is. Stick at it and study hard, because, I promise you, university will be a completely new life and a completely new you. And stuff will never, ever go back to the way it was before. I PROMISE.

    I know you find it hard to stop thinking about that guy you have a silly crush on, and I know this thought barely popped up in your mind (oh silly, naive you) but he isn't single. Stop worrying about it. On your birthday, he'll threaten you, and you'll hate him to the core and carry a mental scar that never really heals till you get to university. This scar will not be improved by the fact he seems to keep changing his mind about whether or not he wants to make up. Just survive as best you can. University will change everything. This is not the true you.

    Some time after discovering a completely new you at a hall party, having 3 guys on your corridor simultaneously hit on you, and having a guy in your tutorial class flirt with you, you will realise that you are not the ugly, fat, unlovable creature you thought - you're a cute, curvy fox more than capable of getting a boyfriend. Surprisingly, you'll realize just how much you treasure your newfound independence, and that you'd like to work on improving your extracurriculars, appearance and so on for now, and just enjoy being single for now. And you also realise that getting more male friends and being hot is probably the best way to find a boyfriend anyway.

    SOCIALISE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.

    When you get to uni, life will be a blast and a complete change. Don't forget the obvious lessons you've learned, though, like that you have to "just do it" sometimes. Keep writing a diary; it helps. Get enough sleep. Eat healthily. Join loads of societies.

    Overall, just stick at it. You'll be fine.

    P.S. If I didn't make it clear enough already, former self, the guy I mentioned above's a complete d**head who doesn't give a damn about your feelings, so don't hurt yourself because of him. Just move on with your life.
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    Dear 15 year old me,

    - The guy you like at the moment is a lot less deep or thoughtful than you've decided. Move on or you'll end up having the same him-centric conversation every morning for a year.

    - Save up for your gap year earlier - get a job NOW, not in 2 years time. Then get organised and have it all sorted BEFORE your A2 exams in June.

    - Ditch the "friends" that are just a load of drama - they aren't really your friends, just attention seeking drama queens and you'll be a whole lot happier without them.

    - Apply for the summer programme and listen to S when she tries to help you, she's doing it for your own good.

    - Take A Level Spanish even though your school doesn't do it - take an evening class like F and you'll never regret it.

    - Spend less time watching E4 or on FB in exam times and start revising earlier - especially for Maths and History.

    - DON'T GET THAT HAIRCUT IN FEB 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    - Get contact lenses - they're the best thing EVER.

    Lots of love,
    18 year old you
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    Dear Zxh800 (01/11/10)

    Please stay away from the Theology and religion section as it's a monumental waste of time,

    You have been warned

    kkthnxbai,

    Zxh800 (20/12/10)
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    Dear secondary school self,

    punch the living daylights out of everyone of those 19 bullies. Let them crowd around you, but heyyy they'll back off if you beat the **** outa them with a plastic chair. Especially that one girl, who laughed at my cardigan. Rot in hell *****.

    Excuse my bitterness lol. I just wish I could go back and be a proper fighter.
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    Dear the past me,

    what were you thinking?

    From the present me.
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    20th December 2010

    Dear Nat,

    First of all, happy birthday. You're 15 today, hooray! I hope you have a lovely birthday. I know you've just lost your grandma last week, and I know how sad you are feeling right now, but it will get easier with time, trust me.

    Now then, a bit of advice.....have NOTHING whatsoever to do with Robert from the Polish Club. Seriously, nothing, trust me. He's a piece of ****. You can expect him to attempt to woo you next year. Stay FAR AWAY.

    You're going to have some beautiful children when you get older. Yes, that's right, cracking kids. I won't tell you too much more about them, because there's no need. Life will pan out just the way it's supposed to.

    One more thing....lay off the takeaways when you move out. I know it's tempting to just be a lazy sod and not cook, but you're gonna get FAT so stop it.

    Make the most of your youth whilst you've got it. Enjoy being young. High school seems rubbish I know, but all the drama that goes on in high school is a load of *******s, and you will one day look back at it all and think how immature and stupid it all is.

    Anyway, that's about it. I'm going to eat my rather sad looking lemon birthday cake now.

    Cheerio,

    Nat
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    (Original post by Khodu)
    Dear secondary school self,

    punch the living daylights out of everyone of those 19 bullies. Let them crowd around you, but heyyy they'll back off if you beat the **** outa them with a plastic chair. Especially that one girl, who laughed at my cardigan. Rot in hell *****.

    Excuse my bitterness lol. I just wish I could go back and be a proper fighter.
    Dear god me too. I swear if anyone tried to treat me that way again they'd be in some trouble.
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    Dear 13 year old self,

    Don't ever think that stopping eating will fix your situation and have no long standing repercussions. These things will sort on their own.

    Don't colour your hair, don't even dare. Its a bit** to sort.

    Thanks!
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    (Original post by PinkMobilePhone)
    20th December 2010

    Dear Nat,

    First of all, happy birthday. You're 15 today, hooray! I hope you have a lovely birthday. I know you've just lost your grandma last week, and I know how sad you are feeling right now, but it will get easier with time, trust me.

    Now then, a bit of advice.....have NOTHING whatsoever to do with Robert from the Polish Club. Seriously, nothing, trust me. He's a piece of ****. You can expect him to attempt to woo you next year. Stay FAR AWAY.

    You're going to have some beautiful children when you get older. Yes, that's right, cracking kids. I won't tell you too much more about them, because there's no need. Life will pan out just the way it's supposed to.

    One more thing....lay off the takeaways when you move out. I know it's tempting to just be a lazy sod and not cook, but you're gonna get FAT so stop it.

    Make the most of your youth whilst you've got it. Enjoy being young. High school seems rubbish I know, but all the drama that goes on in high school is a load of *******s, and you will one day look back at it all and think how immature and stupid it all is.

    Anyway, that's about it. I'm going to eat my rather sad looking lemon birthday cake now.

    Cheerio,

    Nat
    Aww that was touching. Happy birthday
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    Dear Laura,

    10 - Don't let the bullies get to you. You may be the new kid and have a posh accent but you will meet one of the best friends you will ever ask for. You'll also be doing a hell of a lot better than the rest of them. Also, definitely slap her around the face and don't do a star jump in PE. You'll break your foot and not be able to run properly again. Don't quit swimming either, you will learn to dive properly when you're 13 but you'll be ****e at it.

    11 - Wear a skirt to school, the trousers make you look horrific. Don't care when she's taking the piss out of you for wearing that Linkin Park hoodie. She'll wear one two years later and claim she started it.

    12 - Don't have your hair cut into a bob. Tell granddad you love him, he won't have much time left. Let yourself cry for him, you'll still be going 8 years later.

    13 - Hang in there. 13 is rough but you come out better the other side

    14 - Keep the pink hair, it actually looks really really cool. The jeans that are double the size of your legs aren't. They might be comfy but they make you look like a complete tool. Don't pick your spots either, you'll hate your skin for it.

    15 - Don't tell D you love him. You'll get your heart broken. Don't agree to go out with G either, you'll never see him again. Also, don't be afraid to stand up for yourself. That teacher may tell you that you'll amount to nothing with your attitude but you will flourish and show her

    16 - Red hair is awesome until you want to get rid of it. Learn to love it Don't get your belly button pierced, it lasts for two months and causes you far too much trouble. Also, don't be afraid of telling mom how you feel about the divorce, she'll want to know how you're doing.

    17 - Look after mom, be prepared for dad not to be around for six months. Remember that you are amazing. And learn that long t-shirts are your friend! Also, don't drink the tequila. You'll end up being sick in K's garden and it being talked about 3 years later. Still. Don't get upset about failing your driving test twice. You pass third time anyway

    18 - You get back with D, hold back on everything. He's not worth it. You end it all on your terms but be prepared to deal with everything that he'll throw at you. Don't **** about with your A Levels. You end up happy in the end but please please please work hard. Get that job earlier, Mom really struggles with money but she won't tell you until the last minute. Learn to walk in heels, you'll need it at uni.

    19 - Don't drink half a bottle of vodka and sleep with O. It's not the classiest way to lose your virginity. And don't sleep with him the week after either so you remember doing it, he's crap. Tell A how you feel sooner, you get to 20, tell him and end up in a sort of limbo. Don't mix the grape and the grain, you will end up hungover and missing lectures. And you will lose two stone, keep it up!

    20 - You're this age now. Keep going kid, you're doing really well

    Remember, you are a good'un!

    Laura xxx
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    (Original post by Ezekiella)
    Aww that was touching. Happy birthday


    Ditto... That was lovely.
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    Some of the points in these letters are quite interesting, you want to find out more about what happened/what led to that point etc.
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    me aged 12

    Don't worry about being a bit shy in school you will meet some great people in college,stay in touch with jake even though he's a skinny kid with bad hair now he will be your best friend.Be more confident.Work harder in school or you will fail in fact you more or less do but don't panic it leads you to something better.Do not mix vodka with lager its not a good idea.Don't be niave and stupid later on it will never happen.

    from me aged 18
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    (Original post by Fandabidoze!)
    Some of the points in these letters are quite interesting, you want to find out more about what happened/what led to that point etc.
    I feel like I'm reading the diaries of people I don't know and I'm trying to guess what it all means.
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    (Original post by Sophie JH)
    I feel like I'm reading the diaries of people I don't know and I'm trying to guess what it all means.
    I know what you mean. Your post was one of the most interesting. I don't know whether interesting is the most appropriate word though. For some people, these posts are very heartfelt and it doesn't feel right (possibly insensitive) calling their past traumas interesting.
 
 
 
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