I have been sitting thinking about how to word this letter without ruining some of the amazing surprises which are yet to come.
I wanted to take a moment out of what is now a pretty busy schedule (yes we are truly adulting!) & tell you that you will never be as amazing as you are now. I know it seems hard to believe; you don’t have any boobs (oh boy is that gonna change) you don’t have that many friends (this is a good thing trust me, the ones you do have will still be here when you’re 30.. yeaaaah we are almost 30) but you know what you DO have? You have a light inside you that transcends your awkward buck teeth, your hair that you eventually will learn to care for. I only mention these things because I know how important they seem to you right now, not because any of it really matters. It doesn’t. The way you look, you will soon realise is pretty much the least interesting thing about you. You know what is important? That YOU remain YOU.
I really need you to NOT worry. I’ll let you in on a little secret; no matter what the adults are saying: every decision you make is not life or death. If you don’t do well on the bleep test *shrugs* they scrap it eventually anyway. If you struggle in Science it is all good! Yes school matters but once you leave the memories are going to be of the things AROUND the lessons NOT the fact that you can remember Pi to 12 digits (which you eventually forget anyway)
I do think you will want to know a few things though:
In case you were wondering you will always love Harry Potter (*spoiler alert* it doesn’t end well for Dobby)
But seriously; it’s ok that you don’t have a solid plan of what you want to do. The people who tell you your dreams are crazy will probably never realise their own potential. And by having faith in yourself: it turns out pretty ok…
DON’T take any advice from magazines.. You’re just fine, I promise. Yes the stories are hilarious (even if mostly made up) but you will never and really don’t want to look like those girls. Trust me.
Your brain doesn’t fully develop until the age of 24. So lets be honest you’re going to make mistakes, a lot of them. Consider this though, that your mistakes are actually lessons and lessons are a part of life (:
I am so conscious of sounding condescending, I can hear just how ‘aunty’ I sound and I don’t want you to see me as another adult who thinks they know best, but trust me I do (and I am still vaguely cool) anyway less about me and back to the important matter: YOU. And I have to ask you to do something for me:
Chill out you’ve got this, a million times over and above everything even if you ignore all the advice I have attempted to give you here (which you will probably do) you will be just fine.
Lady Bird, the movie, is out now on DVD across the UK x