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Monday, 9 March 2015

A Letter to my Sixteen-Year-Old Self

If you could write a letter to yourself at sixteen, what would it say? What valuable insight would you give to help you through the maelstrom that was your teenage years? Featuring letters from well-loved personalities, Dear Me: More Letters to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self is an anthology written by well-loved personalities to their teen selves. Honest, funny and insightful, it includes letters from J. K Rowling, Jodi Picoult and Hugh Jackman to name a few.
Here's mine:

Dear Izzie,

Wow, you're sixteen and have your whole life ahead of you. It's going to get easier I promise. 

First of all, don't grow up too fast. Experience more of what life has to offer and have fun along the way. Don't be afraid to make mistakes, it's how you'll learn what does and doesn't work for you and there's nothing wrong with reinventing your plans. Being a grown-up is so overrated at times and that's why it's important to make the most of your teen years. And stop hiding your petite figure under fisherman's rib jumpers borrowed from your dad's wardrobe - one day you will wish that you hadn't.

It's your dad's ambition for you to work in the medical profession. However, this is not your dream and it won't make you happy. You've always wanted to write for a living, so tell everyone to butt out and go for it.

The childhood you always wanted will be yours once you have children of your own. They will experience all the things you always wanted to do because you'll work hard and make it happen. You will love your children more than you have ever loved anyone else in your life. I know you don't think this is possible - believe me, it is.

In the meantime, care less about what others think and more about your own thoughts and beliefs. As you grow older what other people think won't bother you in the slightest and you won't be afraid to tell them so.

A face full of spots at 16, means that once you hit forty, your skin will be wrinkle-free. And one day you'll quit arguing with your sister and realise that your mum was right; your sister really is the best friend you could wish for.

In a couple of years you're going to be offered a job in New York. Who knows what will happen if you take a chance and say, "Yes?" If you turn it down, you'll never know. Your parents are going to be unimpressed, but will eventually forgive you, because that's what parents do.

At forty you're still going to love books and music, I guess some things never change.

Be happy,

Izzie x

Until next time...

Copyright©2015 Izzie Anderton


  1. Aw bless, that's lovely. I'm not sure what I'd say, definitely one to think about! It's funny how our interests tend to stay the same as we get older isn't it? Mine have too.x

  2. Oh gosh what a brilliant idea - it makes me quite tearful to think about it! I love your letter and will defo check out the book :) X

  3. Oh I love this!! I meant to get this book a while back but never got round to it. Your letter is lovely. I agree with so much of what you said. Care less about people think is a big one - and one I hope to make my kids realise.

  4. I'm now sitting her pondering what I'd write! Your letter has made me sit back and try to think what was going on in my head at 16 and all the ups and downs and ups and downs since then which I wouldn't have expected. And it's so true how huge one's love is for one's own children.

  5. Oh this is lovely Izzie. So, did you go to New York? I do hope so! I didn't have spots in my teens - hence my wrinkly skin now. I swear by that as being true - you can't have good skin at both stages of life! x

  6. No, I never did make it to New York as my dad was against it. Instead I worked in the NHS for 26 years and although the experience was rewarding I've always wondered what if? It's made me the exact opposite where my daughters are concerned though and I'm always encouraging them to try every opportunity that comes their way.
    Thanks for all your comments x

  7. A great letter, I actually turned down that job in New York, I was 21 and graduating, it just felt a little too scary! If 16 year olds had the wisdom of a 40 year old they would invincible!


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