There’s a lot I would like to tell you so that you wouldn’t make the same mistakes I did, so that you would take full advantage of the opportunities available to you, so that you would be happier now and in later life, but if I told you then you wouldn’t be me.
You wouldn’t have had the experiences I had nor made the mistakes that I did, and you wouldn’t have learned from them as I did. You wouldn’t ask the same questions of life, you wouldn’t go looking for the answers to those questions, and you wouldn’t find those answers.
So this letter will be brief, I’m not going to make things easy for you; there are things you need to learn the hard way for us both, and you’ll need to discover these things on your own.
Here’s what I will tell you.
- Things will get better eventually
- Listen to Mum and Nana – think before you speak
- You don’t need to impress anybody
- If it is at all possible, never say or do anything if it will upset, anger or hurt you or anybody else in any way
- Remember that everything that anybody does or says is a result of everything they have experienced in life up to this moment; the same applies to you
- Ask Mum if you can take up Judo or Boxing
- Go to the library and find lots of different books to read
- If you don’t know, ask. If people don’t know, find the answer in a library
- When you are 14, pick physics instead of chemistry, and pick German instead of French
- Whatever you want in life, write it down and then think of how you can make it happen, then go and do it (but remember rule number 4).
Your 33 year old self
Based on a prompt from CreativeWritingPrompts.com