...One of my favourite things about my blog is being able to showcase some really talented bloggers, especially when they write really beautiful Dear 16 Year Old Me letters. I realised today that I the last time I posted a Dear 16 Year Old Me letter was Micaela's from Dolce Vita, way back in early February. So I thought I would resurrect the series. To kick things off, I thought I'd publish Liesbeth's letter, from Every Last Drop of Me. I love Liesbeth's sweet blog, and I'm sure you will too.
25 Year Old Liesbeth
25 Year Old Liesbeth
Dear 16-year-old Lise,
Wow, this is an exciting year. If I remember rightly, your first kiss is
coming up in oh... about a week's time! FINALLY, I know! Damn that
all-girls school! So enjoy it honey, it sets the bar on kissing for quite a
few years to come. Unfortunately, the boy is not the one for you, and nor
are the next few that follow. Particularly look out for that guy with mucho
charisma when you're 18 - he already has a girlfriend and he's going to be
the first to break your heart when you find this out after 2 months of
But worry not my darling, after a few false starts of tears and dramas you
DO find a guy who becomes your boyfriend and best friend in one. He will
give you 2 blissful years during which many of your teenage fantasies are
fulfilled - the romantic holidays away, the valentine's treasure hunts and
perfect all-night dates.
Enjoy these years with him, and don't be too upset during the one
slightly-more-rocky year that follows them as you both realise your futures
don't lie together. It's the right decision when you finally do part ways,
and he's going to stay a special part of your life, probably forever. And
there will be life after him, just remember that during the first few hard
break-up months - your friends will be amazing, and they will make things
easier than you ever expected they could be during this killer time.
There are also some difficult family times ahead, but know that you have
the strength within you to get through them, and trust me when I say things
WILL get better. I've been there and come out the other side, so I know
it's true. You can do this, and it will help you learn a lot about life and
unconditional love, which will be lessons you'll remember for the rest of
In terms of study, don't be so hard on yourself. You could work far less
and still get the marks you need for your uni course. And, as it turns out,
you won't even like it anyway and it'll be another 2 years til you locate
your passion. But when you do, boy it is gonna BLOW YOUR MIND. You are
going to find your calling in life, and though it won't always be an easy
path, the fulfillment you feel when doing it is indesrcibable.
So til then, just enjoy each day as it comes and trust that everything -
boyfriends, love, travel and career - is going to unfold just as it is are
meant to. Treasure each special step and know that you deserve every piece
of success and happiness. The future is bright, and I can't wait for you to
With so much love,
Your 25-year-old self
Thanks very much Liesbeth!
More letters to come soon - I promise!