'Dear 16-year-old-me. Write a letter to yourself at age 16. What would you tell yourself? What would you make your younger self aware of?'
Dear Kathleen (aged 16),
Right now you slap bang in the middle of your teens and it's positively dire isn't it? You have accrued a few great friends from your time in high school so far, a couple of whom you will carry with you on your journey for many years to come. Cherish them please, and consider the things you do and say. Harsh words or a glance in the wrong direction at this delicate stage in your life could really balls things up.
Concentrate hard. I know thats a boring piece of advice, but there are hormones flying around like midges in a Scottish Summer right now, so try and reign yourself in. You are finally starting to look less like a 14 year old boy and more like a young woman, I know it's a bit of a shocker when those curvy bits start to appear seemingly from nowhere! All I can say is good luck with that..
You are naive, so be careful. Yes I know you think you are the all-knowing teen but you still have lots to learn. And you will. Eventually.
Be kind to others, especially our parents, and Mark. The next few years will be a struggle for you all but it will get better. I know! Be patient. And tolerant. Remember the world is not against you - you are a little speck in the grand scheme of things who can actually achieve a lot if you put your mind to it.
Anyway i'm waffling (you will not grow out of that, sorry). Most importantly, laugh, everyday if you can. You have no idea how important it is. Ensure the memories you are making now are jam-packed with laughter. I can still remember them now...
Love, Kath (aged 28 and a half) xx
This post was written as part of WEGO Health #HAWMC