#YoungerSelf: A letter to my younger self

Dear 16 year old Becky,

I know, I know. Everything is horrendous right now. It feels like nothing will be ok in the world again but, you know what, it will be. I can promise you that you are going to meet an amazing man, wonderful friends (including Marie, she'll stick around!) and you'll end up with a good career too. You want to be an interior designer, I know, but you'll soon decide on something a lot more meaningful. I'm not going to tell you all the details because I don't want to ruin the surprise for you. Just promise me you won't give up art, ok?

So, since you can stop worrying about your future now, you might as well go and enjoy yourself. It won't feel like it at the moment but the next 2 years will actually be some of the most carefree, happiest times of your life. Yes, you're all emo and miserable but think about it- You have no boundaries. Right now, you are on the cusp of your adult life and you can do whatever you like. No work to worry about, no boring grown up finances to trouble you and, believe me, your boy troubles will end soon. You won't meet The One yet, but you'll meet somebody wonderful who will change the way you think of yourself. Look after him and treat him well, because he deserves it. 

Do everything now that you won't be able to do at 26: Get those cheek piercings. Dye your hair pink- and bleach it first, unless you want to go terracotta. Ignore what the orthodontist says; Your teeth are not going to fall out. (Not in the next 10 years, anyway!)

Live vicariously. Party hard. Embrace hedonism. Get it all out of your system now.

Most of all, remember: Everything works out ok in the end. 

With love,
26 year old Becky

Ps: Start a blog now and keep at it. When YouTube crops up next year, start filming videos. You won't regret it!

This post has been inspired by Legal & General's "What would you say to your younger self?" campaign. What advice would you give your younger self? 


  1. I definitely would have said many MANY of the same things to my 16-year-old self. They really need to invent a time machine soon so that our future selves can come tell us what we should do and how to go about would be so much easier if we had insight like this NOW!
    ~ Samantha

  2. Lovely post :) our problems at 16 always seem so huge, and they sometimes are, but we never know we'll be able to get through them and once you do, you feel like you could take on the world and you can get through whatever life throws at you. I guess that's what I'd tell myself, that I can get through it. I'd tell myself to get out of that toxic relationship and don't trust anyone at school! Just wait until uni, then life will get good, and worse in some ways. Be prepared! xo

  3. Let's me fair we were pretty hedonistic if not sad we partied pretty hard xox

  4. It's nice to look back in this kind of way, I've thought a few times about writing something like this but I can't bring myself to do it. I'd rather not go back there to be honest.

  5. Love love love this post! Do you mind I do this idea too?


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