Monday, 9 February 2015

Letter to my 13 year old self

Dear 13 year old self, 

Hi! You're probably sat upstairs playing video games or out with your friends. Don't force yourself to go out with your friends when you're not feeling it though, you most probably won't have fun if you force yourself. 

Oh, and don't worry about the video games thing, you will still be into them as an adult. Don't let your friends tease you for liking video games, you will find a huge online community of people just like you. You'll meet some great friends through gaming. You will understand very soon that it's okay not to be 'cool'.

You could make some amazing friends in school if you spend less time with your main friendship group. Do not avoid other potential friends through fear of upsetting your friendship group, they will stop inviting you out when you leave for college and they all stay on for sixth form anyways. Sounds grim but it's true, talk to some people that you have more in common with, there are plenty. Also, you will have to work at your friendship with your best friend when you leave school or you will lose her. 

You will keep in contact with that girl that you showed kindness to despite your friends being embarrassed to be seen with her. Ignore the cliqueyness of school, lots of the 'nerds' end up wild and crazy and lots of the 'popular people' end up washed up at 17. And hilariously, many of the 'popular people' will want to talk to you when you leave school. Funny that. 

I know it might seem like the end of the world when that older boy dumps you because you're not ready for anything serious yet. It's not the end of the world, boys who pressure girls to be sexual are douchebags no matter how hot they are and you will come to realise that. Your first kiss isn't such a big deal so don't be too scared! Oh, and love your body. Try not to be sad about silly things like getting spots or having to wear glasses. Just enjoy your teenage years, they are so fun.

Continue to wear your Vans and your Converse, they will actually come into fashion as you leave school and all the people who made fun of you for wearing them will be obsessed with them (LOL!). Wear exactly what you want to wear (including those leopard print tights), and don't let your friends judge you for it. Also, you will still love Hello Kitty as an adult :P. Stay true to yourself always, you're fab.

I know you want to be a pilot when you grow up but you will soon find out that your asthma prevents you from doing so. Don't be disheartened, you go on to achieve amazing A level grades and attend a world-class university, graduating with a solid degree. So, continue to work hard in school, it definitely pays off for you as an adult. You will grow up to be a confident woman who is not afraid to be herself. 

I hope that you found my letter useful. Remember this advice and live a full life. 

Lots of love,

22 year old Abbi.

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