In the light of recent of exam results days, Shelley Wilson posted a lovely addition to her Resolution Challenge blog regarding what she would say to her younger self. I urge you to read it here. It reminded me that I'd written something similar for a competition (that I didn't win). It is reproduced below.
Who Knows Street
good news is that you make it to your 50s. I’m hoping as much as you are that
this is only half the story.
bad news is that there are no spoilers in this letter. What would be the point?
If I tell you what is about to happen and you don’t like the sound of it,
knowing you as I do I’m in no doubt that you’d fix things to go your way. It’s
no spoiler to say that you are/I am still a control freak.
why write at all? I think perhaps it is more for my benefit than yours, so that
I can reassure myself that the road I took to get here turned out to be the
right one, even though there were times when it looked distinctly rocky! I’m
also seeking reassurance from within that having navigated myself to this point
I shall be able to negotiate the rest of the journey safely.
OK for you, sitting there as a confident, know-it-all ‘teen spirit’ (a
reference to a song you won’t hear until 1991, by which time you will be –
oops, nearly gave something away then). You think you’re right about everything
and that the world is yours for the taking. Well, you are and it is, up to a
point. When you’re ready for your mid-life crisis, though, I hope you’ll take
comfort in looking back on a life well lived and relish what is to come.
not prepared to give you the winning numbers for the Lottery (you’ll see later
in life what this is – but don’t hold your breath) or to tell you who wins the
Grand National in 2009. You don’t need to know these things. You don’t actually
need my advice about anything. What will be will be. But you might like to know
that following the instinct you have now for weighing things up quickly and
efficiently, then making a decision and sticking to it without a backwards
glance will stand you in good stead.
will just say this. You are passionate, so live it, love it and celebrate it.
You already know that this passion means plumbing the depths as well as hitting
are and will continue to be outraged, indignant and opinionated, but also
loyal, tenacious and strong. You are going to love with breathtaking intensity,
which will bring you joy and despair. You will break hearts and have yours
broken. You will make good choices and bad, meet wonderful people and quite a
few bastards. You will work hard and not always happily, and will experience
times of plenty interspersed with some hardships.
weight will fluctuate and with it your self-esteem. Your moods will swing. Some
of your experiences will be exhilarating and glorious. Sometimes you will
behave in ways that, on reflection, you shouldn’t have. Some of your actions
will make you embarrassed, perhaps even ashamed. People will cross you and some
you will forgive; many you won’t. Some people will love you; others not so
other words, you are normal. Whether you find this comforting or disappointing
is something you will find out along the way.
to the music, sing and dance, laugh and cry. Most important of all, simply be.
your older self