Sunday, 21 April 2013

To me, aged sixteen:

  1. You are neither fat nor ugly, you are yourself and you can always enhance whatever you've been given if you just take time to learn some skills!
  2. Surrounded by critics you are holding back your inner fire. Forget them. Embrace your passions and show the world your talents.
  3. Don't listen when they say you can't laugh and be happy. Laughter is what the world is made of. Treasure your ability to see the funny side of things because it will be your armour throughout your life.
  4. You are a lover. You have so much empathy and so much love to give the world. Just don't forget to love yourself as well.
  5. It doesn't matter if you make a mistake or even if you make lots of them. Truly, if you got up on stage and played that piano without worrying about every note not being perfect you could enjoy it and express yourself that way, give it a go and don't give up when the going gets tough!
  6. Treasure your grandparents, they are your main support now and you won't have them forever. Treat them with respect and shower them with hugs and kisses.
  7. Aim big. Don't listen to the teachers who tell you you'll be barefoot and pregnant before you're seventeen and if you want to be a writer just go and do it, you know what you need to do.
  8. Your sexuality is developing. Treasure it, enjoy it and take care who you share your body and soul with. It is precious and so are you. Enjoy with caution.
  9. Don't waste time worrying about what your step-father says. He isn't mentally well and most of his angst is being aimed at you. It is not about you at all but about his own insecurities.
  10. Write more poetry! It's great! You can express yourself well through words, you just need to do it more and don't hold back. Find ways to share it with the world.
  11. There is more to the world than that small country town you are living in! The city awaits and a whole new life for you is just around the corner. Hang in there and soon you will have the world within your reach.
  12. Go for it! You have guardian angels looking out for you who will protect you. Trust yourself and your intuitions. Enjoy your life, it is filled with blessings.