International Day of the Girl: Messages to my Younger Self

This is a late post as the International Day of the Girl was yesterday, but I’ve only just got the chance to write and also I was waiting for permission to use the below image – Thanks to @stepstohappyness on Instagram.

Dear 4 year old me,

Starting primary school is going to be scary, and unfortunately you’re going to be bullied throughout, but you are stronger than you think. You will cry, and you will have days where you don’t want to go to school because of the fear, but you can do it. By the time you leave you’ll only have a few friends, and those friendships won’t last past high school, but treasure them. Friendships forged when you’re young are some of the most important.

Dear 11 year old me,

You’re starting high school now and the next 5 years will be the best years of your life. You will make lots of friends, some will come and go, others will be lifelong. You will have a ridiculous crush on your year 7 form tutor and future maths teacher, but go with it, you’ll get some hilarious memories out of it that you and Amber will still be talking about in 2017.

Dear 16 year old me,

High school is almost over, and you’ll soon be starting college, it won’t be as bad as you think, I promise. You got attached again over the last couple of years, but don’t worry, you didn’t fuck it up this time! You’re about to start losing some of your friends due to going to different colleges, but honestly they’re the ones that aren’t worth your time anymore anyway – give it a few years and you’ll see what horrible people some of them become. Before you turn 17 you’re going to get a boyfriend – no this is not a joke – he will be lovely and you’ll be so so happy for almost 2 years, in the end it’s just not going to work but make the most of it and learn from it, you’ll then know what it is you want from a relationship in the future, and yes you’ll miss him like crazy but I promise you will get over him and move on.

Dear 18 year old me,

Wooo you can legally drink alcohol! Time for nights out in Spoons with “friends” – only one of which you’re actually still friends with at 21, see above for the reason. You’ve also now finished college – Freedom! Or not. You’re now going to be under the government’s rules for 2 years but you’re going to get a job in the chocolate factory so don’t panic! On the downside though it’s going to make your anxiety worse. Also when you turn 19 you’re going to meet a dick that you become friends with benefits with and he is going to hurt you so much, you’ll give him more chances than he deserves but you won’t be able to bring yourself to cut ties with him, but you don’t have to worry, he does it himself in June 2017. Then you’re free to live the rest of your life without him! Ps. You’re going to see The Script when you’re 21!!

Lastly,

Dear future me,

You have got this! Things will work out. You can beat your anxiety and have a normal life. I believe in you. Also, don’t ever let Amber go, she’s the best friend you’ll ever have.

Kimberley

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