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Honoured Mook

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"Letters to my sixteen year old self"


"If you were to write a letter to your 16-year-old self, what would it say?"

I was reading about this particular book, last week, in the Saturday supplement of the Daily Mail (don't hurt me for reading this paper, I just can't get the Times most days!) and I thought it might be interesting to see what other people might put!

The book features different famous personalities writing a letter, offering advice and whatnot to themselves at age sixteen. Some were very funny, some were sad, but mostly it's a good insight into different people and their teenage lives.

You can see more about the book on Amazon.

I didn't put this in the book section of the forum, because my idea is more about the letters than the book itself.

So what would you say to yourself at sixteen? If you're not sixteen yet, or are sixteen, why not think to a point in your life where you would have most needed foresight and advice?

Here's mine;

Dear sixteen year old Fiona,

So last year was good; you had fun with your friends, you had fun in WWRY and you thought it was all going well for you. Sadly, this year will be horrific. Those people you thought were your friends will turn into the bane of your life - you'll protest at every given opportunity that what's going on isn't bullying, but deep down you know it is, and you should tell someone. You'll be ill with it, you'll skip school and be frightened to go in when something new happens. They don't have any right to make you feel bad. At all.
Thing is, it'll get better. Not for a good long time, and not until you're almost eighteen and finished your college course, but I do promise that it will get better. You'll hate the way things are, and you'll hate yourself. You'll come through that, and things will be better. "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" is absolutely true. IN EVERY WAY.

You're going to fail maths. You knew that though. You'll have far more fun messing about in the back of the classroom with Peter and Grant, and writing your book than you ever could with Higher Maths. By the way, two years down the line, you're not any further on with that book.

The boy you're with - two years passed, he's twenty now, and certainly more of a man) is the best thing that's ever happened to you. He'll stick with you through everything, and be the most stable thing in your life. Put him first before anyone else. Everyone else is temporary. He sticks around. Oh, and he dances around your spare room like a chicken with you at 3am on a Monday morning. It's not any better than that.
Oh, and don't worry about sex one bit. Don't buy the magazine guff where it could ruin your relationship. It makes yours stronger. Oh, and it gets amazing. I promise.

Don't bother about people doing drugs. They're not listening to you, and it's not what it's hyped up to be.

All in all, the sooner you stop caring so much about what other people think, the better life will be.

Yours,

Your wiser and slightly mental eighteen year old self.



So anyone else feel like having a go? Just for fun ^^

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Dear sixteen year old Alex,

Two years to go. I do hope your not as messed up as I am.

Love, fourteen year old Alex

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14 year old Kristy:


Don't let her put that cigarette in your mouth. It's not worth the chest infections that will follow. Stay away from cider, you will turn into a scene from the exorcist. Enjoy walking home those nights, but don't get too involved in it. When you see his face look horrified that's when it's time to stop. You're friends wont change for years yet, so chill out and don't worry so much.

You don't need to wear that much eyeliner, it's scary. Also, there's no need to wear those gloves in summer, although they are bitching. Hells to the yeah.

When you're in the church that night and think piggy back moshing to that band is a good idea - DON'T DO IT. Your nose never recovers. Plus, dad shouts at you. A lot. At least wear a helmet or something for christ sake.

School isn't important right now, stop freaking out about it.

Also, you don't know this but it turns out this was the best year of your life. So smile.
Also, don't you dare cut your hair. It'll just keep getting shorter, and two years later when you feel like bleaching it your hair WILL fall out.

I know you wont listen to me, because that's what I'm like, but seriously, your fringe starts coming out in English and freaks Tronic the hell out.

So, that's it.
Chin up kiddo.

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Mookish Deity Most High

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Dear sixteen year old Rachel,

Sooo, how's it goin', Rach? Are you still a miserable old trout with the brain of a forty year old woman? If so, good. You have not changed much. I hope you're not planning to change- at least, not for the worse -or else I will be very sad and will go and offer advice to six year old Rachel instead. And believe me, that advice is much needed.

Anywho, here's the deal. You promise me not to smoke, drink too much, get into crack ect. or throw yourself in front of a car and I will look after myself better. I mean it. Trimmer waist, conditioned hair, the whole shabang. You'd better do that too; I don't wanna be bald when I reach your age. Oh yeah- and don't have kids. They're a total nightmare. Believe me, I am one.

I hope by now that you know what a polymer is, because I sure as heck don't.

Love, fourteen year old Rachel xxx

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To sixteen year old Bridget!

Do what you want and make the most of things for the next two years because when you reach eighteen, you're going to get cancer.

Love nineteen year old Bridget.

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Dear 15 year old Me,

So much has changed in a whole year! Look how well you dealt with it. You came out the other side yourself but a bit better and wiser and frankly, cooler. ;)

Right now you are dealing with Whiskey, your first boyfriend since RayBan. Yes he's childish and a bit selfish and you kind of feel left out even though he's going out with you, but don't worry you won't be quiet and walked over anymore. You have the strength to speak up.

Good on you for staying with him for a while even though his ex is having his baby, your heart is in the right place, but save this kind of selfless compassion for the next guy. There is no need for this much emotional exhaustion.

And I promise you another guy and he will be amazing and you already know who he's going to be even when you hold Whiskey's hand. Your thoughts "RayBan is such a better person, more loving and generous and down to earth and there for me" are right so listen to them girlie!

Good luck being 16. I'm almost over it now and I can tell you - enjoy one of the most eventful years of your life. Sex, drugs and Rock n roll my friend ;)

Much love
You/Me/Us.

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Dear Sixteen Year-old Self,

I'm sure right now you're probably thinking about the guy you have a crush on. Forget it now. It turns out he's gay and your band's trip to France will end in a rejection and a very long flight back to California. Also, while I'm mentioning it, take more pictures in France and NOT of the landmarks. I can google those anytime. Take pictures of your friends, damn it!

I have some good news and some bad news. It's been 8 years now and you're no further along in my career or education. You have a couple college courses under your belt and you've worked several jobs fairly successfully, but not much more. In 2008, you have the chance to work at a summer camp like you have always wanted. It is an amazing experience with great people. But, it will put you in financial run for more than a year afterward. There are pros and cons for each choice.

The good news is, while all of your friends are at colleges studying hard, you go off and travel for a bit. You learn a bunch of life lessons, begin developing a very strong moral code for yourself and finally figure out who you are without having to pay for a college education to do so. You will get married to an amazing man and have a cozy life filled with cats (I know, shocker, right?) Some of your previous high school friends may look down on how you've settled your life. But, forget them. You're doing just fine.

With all the love and respect in the world,
Your Twenty-Four Year-Old Self

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Dear 16-year old Vic,

Stop talking to yourself in the present, you silly girl. Oh, and maybe use your feminine wiles to charm J or M into your loving arms.


Love, 16 year old Vic.
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To Ariadne, one year ago,

(names changed to protect the guilty- which is probably me lol) ;)

Hi hon, the bus must somewhere around Pakistan: you're going to love it and India will be fantastic. I envy you the chance to see the Golden Temple of Amritsah again, because it's every bit as good as it sounds and more.

You're probably starting to realise that you and W don't have a lot in common. Good. You don't. You're going to get over him and he's going to miss the attention. At first playing the game will be fun, but he's been playing it for a lot longer than you have, sweetheart, and he has all the cards. You will get over him with hours to spare and you'll feel sorry for him. I know it sounds improbable, but it's true.

On the up side, remember that bus ride with D? The one with all the weird chemistry and deeply disturbing feelings of contentment? That's what chemistry feels like. Nothing comes of it, because he has a girl friend and an actual sense of morals, but they'll be some flirting towards the end and it'll be him who really breaks your heart. The ironic thing is he doesn't even try.

Forget about them both and just enjoy the amazing trip you're on. Things are going to suck for a while towards the end but just try and talk to people. They don't hate you I promise. They're all worried about you and they know when you're crying.

In a years time you'll look back and feel so much older, but you'll still be making some of the same mistakes. You'll work on it though.

Your student self xxx

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To Ariadne, now,

First off, you're not an idiot. Lots of people wouldn't have known the whole witch thing would be such a big deal. That said, it's time to do some damage control. Talk to him and explain. Paganism is your culture and you're entitled to that too.

About your friend. She might know you like him, she might not. Like the song goes: something worth having, is sure as hell worth fighting for. I don't just mean him, I mean the society and your mutual friends too. Just remember who was coming over to see if you were all right last night. They are they people you want to keep hold of. (Incidentally, don't go catonic like that again please: it scares people) If she does know, she's being kind of a bitch marking her territory like that and I will be beyond pissed if you let her see it's getting to you. You had better be dressed extra nice and looking serene and collected tomorrow. You don't realise it, but you are serious competition.

Stick with the Budhism, it's really, really good for you. But don't you are give up on being pagan just because of what some boy thinks. You can't anyway. It's part of you now, whether you practise it or not. You should be proud of that, because it's a beautiful religion and nothing to be ashamed of.

I really hope things work out for us. xxx

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Dear 16 Year old Calliope,

I know you're having a rough time in high school, but take this advice from someone who knows!
I know that you think you're going through your first love. You're hoping that it won't be as bitter and unrequited as it seems like it's going to be. I've got news: It's both bitter and unrequited. T-Bone does not care about you- but do not worry. He is not worth your time and heart ache. Unlike you, he is a lazy ass and a bum. You deserve better! Concentrate on what needs doing. Next year you are going to be the best flutist in the state of Alabama, but only if you practice hard!

Keep studying music theory. You will thank me later, I promise. There is someone beyond your wildest dreams here, and you are going to want to be a harmonics- analyzing machine.

Don't try to grow your hair out. It gets the texture of pine straw... Plus, you look funny! Short hair is your trademark. Be proud of it.

I took up running, by the way. I have a lot more stamina than I thought I would. Maybe you should take it up as well! Go to the park and run the trails. I can see you're getting a bit pudgy. You'll regret it in college, trust me!

Save your money, practice your scales, read and write often! Foster your creativity, as it is your best attribute.

Love,
The one who loves you most

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Dear 16 year old Emily,

I have good news! IT GETS SO MUCH BETTER. Yes, even sex does! I know you're not enjoying it right now and you think it's overrated but wait until you're 17 and you meet your new boyfriend. God, you're gonna love the sex. Not just that, you're gonna LOVE him, you are going to be SO goddamn happy. You may be a little bit suicidal right now, but you're gonna meet him and it's gonna stop, you won't kill yourself after all.

There are gonna be some times where it definitely does get hard, you're gonna forget who your true friends are and you're gonna THINK you've found some good friends who are actually gonna turn round and stab you in the back. To be honest though, it's a learning curve, and those friends that do stick around, you're gonna love them forever! Choosing university is gonna scare the hell out of you and it's gonna make you cry when you feel like you don't wanna go. But you're gonna get to uni and you're going to realise, it's the best thing you ever did.

Lots of love,
18 year old Emily

(god, I wish I'd had this letter when I was 16 haha)

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Dear nearly 14 year old Sophie,

Either don't have a birthday party or just don't do stupid things at it.
Don't get into a shower and have a water fight / make out with on girl you like.
Don't end up sleeping with the other girl you like because she doesn't want more than that and you will regret it.
You will still be good friends with the girls so thats okay.
All the crazy stuff that's going on will end somewhat.
You will still be single though so I guess deal with it.
Oh and stop kidding yourself you're bi when you clearly only like woman.
And one final thing, don't draw a mustache on that picture of Cheryl Cole in the magazine because it will turn out that when she goes on X Factor you will fancy the pants off of her.
Bye for now.

Sophie, aged 15 and a half.

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Mookish Deity Most High

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Well, I'm gonna write to my 15 year old self seeing as I'm 16 at the moment...
Dear Immy,
The next year's gonna be quite eventful for you. For one, you're gonna have a fab summer in England. You're gonna meet some new people and hang out with people who are a positive influence. Oh, and your grades will get better! And you'll actually like junior year! It's not hell like everyone says it is, although maybe that's just 'cause you're not gonna take any AP classes. Be warned: Mum will be as college-obsessed as ever, but it's only because she's excited for you so keep that in mind.
Don't let negative people get you down (you know who I'm talking about), and know that you are the better person in the long run as long as you are happy. You'll come to see that she's not worth it soon enough. Don't waste your time on losers. Remember to just have fun :] You're gonna get to know yourself a lot more over this next year, and to be honest will be more confident than ever. There will be lows, but remember that some things are just out of your control, even if you want them to be. Also, learn to say no. Don't be pressured, especially when going out with people. If you like someone, talk to them, but prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
Learn to be honest, too. With yourself and other people.
Get excited, next year's gonna be so much better! And you're even going to have a couple of "Skins" moments to look forward to! (L)
Love 16 year old Immy x

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Dear 16 year-old Bev (this time last year),
Don't be afraid of breaking up with him. You're scared because you've been together for so long, but you'll be more than fine, you don't depend on him as much as you think. Forget about wanting to stay friends, try and put yourself in his position and think of how hard it would be, you're being stupid. I know you're worried about never seeing some of his mates you really like again and missing them as well, but you're going to be surprised!
Feeling like you really, really have to be in a proper, gigging band is good. After a few false starts you're going to end up having something PERFECT. Don't give up, and don't be scared of grabbing opportunities even if they're scary - they're going to be the best decisions you make!
Appreciate your hearing - you're going to lose it.
Appreciate your good health - you're going to get seriously ill but EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY!
Stay strong and stay positive, you know your inner voice is right even when you're surrounded by negativity and manipulative folk. xoxo

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Dear 16-year-old George,
That special guy? Hang on to him. You're wrong about it being forever, but he's going to make you feel so special and so loved, so for God's sake, look after him while you've got him. He's still special now, even if he isn't yours anymore.
Don't be frightened of college, you're going to love it. Beware of N, she's going to change a lot because of a guy, and we know we don't like that. She still loves you though, in her own little way. Hang on to your friends; keep them close. You're going to need them.
Don't get tangled up with C, it seems exciting at first, but both of you just get hurt. Don't play that game, alright?
Enjoy it. 16 was a good year. Love T as much as you can. For me.
All my love,
19-year-old George

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16 year-old Fiend:
Become a doctor. Or an accountant. Either way, it will be piss-easy compared to trying to study or work in any mildly creative field.

Love, washed-up, poverty-stricken 18 year-old Fiend

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To my 11 year old self,
I know things are complicated right now. I know you're hurting and depressed, and you feel like shit, and you don't want to do anything but sit in bed and read. But get up! Take charge of your life. In about a year, you will reject a good portion of everything you've been taught. But the people who love you will stand by you. You'll lose some friends because of your decisions, but you'll make new, better friends. Pick up the paint brush again. Dance. Swim. Study. Take a goddamn shower. And put the eyeliner down, 'kay? It looks a bit stupid on you. Also, get off the meds. I don't care what Dr. says. You'll be better without them. Speaking of which, get rid of the Dr. Be nice to the 'losers'. They'll stand up for you, and be good friends. Keep reading the classics, you'll get a vocab, but you still will not be able to spell. Oh, and The Jerk? He'll help you. And in the next few years, he'll still have that crush. Keep resisting all the temptation, ignore the thoughts. Keep the razor away from you--You have so very much to live for!!!

Love, your 15-year-old self

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To sixteen year old faerie:

You're right to ignore most of the people you are in school with, most of them don't get any better with time although you will end up good mates with Fee who you'll only meet again when you start hanging out with your ex boyfriend's new girl.

Don't believe anything that your friends tell you, you won't still be friends in years to come, you won't make the effort because your life will move in totally different directions to theirs. It won't be a big loss but I think you already suspect that.

Have fun in Italy (again, ignore most of the people you're there with) and try and walk a bit faster in Gregory's Two Girls, then you might actually make it into the scene before it cuts.

Life will get extremely, unbelievably sucky for a couple of years but you will get through it and you'll realise just how amazing and supportive mum and dad are. You'll also realise how disgusting and manipulative and abusive some boys can be. They aren't worth it. Oh, and when you meet Richard don't sleep with him...you learn nothing from being with him except that people have very short memories.

Don't listen to the teachers. You really shouldn't work so hard but I know that's what you enjoy doing just now. Just don't expect to ever use most of what you've studied so hard for!

School sucks, real life is awesome! But that life plan that you and Lesley have decided on - that's working out far more realisticly for you smile.gif

28 year old faerie.

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Dear twenty-year-old George,
You're a few months ahead of me, so I'm hoping it doesn't hurt where you are. Everybody keeps telling their 16-year-old-self that it gets better...I couldn't tell mine that. It got worse. I liked being 16. Anyway, I'm hoping you're doing a little better there in the future, feeling less lonely, over, or at least mostly over T. I'm sure he'll be special to us always, but we have to let go. Anyway, you're that bit closer to September, and we know how amazing that's going to be. Are you excited? I am.
I hope you're keeping the Musers close. Don't spoil it now.
Love
19-year-old George
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Dear 16 yr old Alka,

Enjoy yourself more. Stop worrying about stuff, the things that seem massive and dramatic now really aren't. Don't alienate your friends, but you won't be close to most of them when you're 20. Do some fucking school work! You can't coast forever and you'll need good A Levels so that you have CHOICE. Choice is important to you, and NEWSFLASH there are no bad choices. There isn't a right or wrong path, they are just paths.

Probably should've told you this a year ago, but those boys aren't worth it. You'll realise later that most were just used to prove you were attractive. You are. And you don't need them to prove it. On a mostly unrelated note, lose that weight. At 20 you'll still be fat and you'll still dislike it and you'll still not be doing anything about it. Just get on the treadmill now, do it regularly and you can have it down by the end of school.

Never doubt that your teachers will remember you. They remember you for the right reasons, you're a good kid, you're pretty funny and pretty clever and you can do important things. You'll still be thinking about some teachers in 4 years so keep in touch with them, otherwise they could be the friends you've missed out on.

Keep singing, but remember to warm up properly.

Take more care of your teeth, at 20 you won't be able to afford the dentist.

Don't get that tattoo at 17, if you wait you'll get some cracking pieces, but you'll come to really dislike your first one.

Love, you at 20.

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Dear 16-year-old-Annis,

Don't work so hard. Life is for living. GCSEs are not worth it.

The decision you make to move after GCSE will be one of the best you'll ever make. Appreciate this fact and enjoy every moment. Don't take Biology A level because you will hate it. Spend as much time as you can making friends; the most important ones will endure for a long time.

Eat. Enjoy yourself. Wear skirts and dresses. Stop being so insecure, you were beautiful. But brush your hair, please.

Don't box yourself into a corner. Defining your sexuality is one thing; coming out fully and then realising you're attracted to the other gender is another. It doesn't hurt to change your mind.

Don't kiss Tom: it ruins your friendship. Kiss Mark: he was a wonderful friend and he loved you and who knows where things could have gone.

I don't know whether to say don't get into a relationship with Cory or not, because it will be a steep learning curve and you will grow up a lot as a result; you will also suffer a lot of pain, misery and guilt. Don't stick it out until it makes you miserable; appreciate the fact and end it before you regret it, and take away what you've learned.

Make more of your last year of school; you wasted it. Don't stress about your A levels. You won't get into Leeds, and you will never regret this fact.

Be careful who you fall for, and who you sleep with.

Love,

20-year-old Annis

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Dear 16-year old Claire,

It does get better. Ignore them all, they're wankers. You lost so much, but it'll all come together. You'll feel regret that you didn't get a better experience, but you're happy, I promise you. At least as much as possible.

Enjoy being a teenager, because the second you're not, you'll feel really sad that so much time was wasted. Do more. Go to more gigs, read more books, take more risks.

Never feel bad for working so hard. You probably didn't need to, but you love your subject, and it makes you feel really good. Do it if it makes you happy.

You should really have kept your hair black. It suits you so much.

Eyeliner is amazing, and it's sad you won't realise it until you're about eighteen.

You can wear skirts and skinnies (not together). They do actually suit you.

Keep up with the music. You are actually a decent musician: you should have composed more when you had the chance.

It will fuck you up for a while, but understand that it's not weird for you to be such a loner. Sex screws with your emotions: it may not ever go away, but realise that it's way better for your mental state to be alone. You're happier and less stressed, I promise you. You are going to fall for some real shits, and some people you can't have. Enjoy the happiness, and move on from the misery. Like I said, you're better off alone, but have fun, and try not to hurt anyone.

You'll love her. She'll be pretty bad for you, and you'll be like her dirty little secret, and there'll be some pain involved, but the two of you are actually quite well-suited. You'll love her for all the ways she's an exaggeration of you, how all your good qualities are thrown into someone so attractive and strong. However, once you're older, you'll realise that you can take the good from her and refine it within yourself. You don't need her to define you, and that's when you'll really realise you love her. It doesn't work out, but you'll both be pretty good, actually.

February 2008 is going to suck. Majorly. It's kind of your fault, and kind of not. Just remember: he's a twat, she's lying, and she is going to punish you entirely too much for what you do. But she'll forgive you, and you'll both revert to a kind of happy detente.

It is possible to live with someone you've had sex with. This is called being an adult. You actually do it quite well, so feel proud.

You don't need to define yourself. Lesbian, straight, bi: you stop caring at a certain point. I can honestly say right now I'm happy just to be me. You don't need someone else to define you.

You will spend years wondering what he feels for you. So far, it doesn't make any difference. He loves you, even if it's not as you want. It's a transcendant feeling.

Understand that I regret so much of what you did. I regret so much of what I am now. But I can honestly say I love you, because you're so much better than you realise, and it'll take you so long to realise it.

Love, 20-year old Claire

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Dear 16 year old Ruby.
I can't remember what happens in any order really. But its mostly good.
I'm not going to spoil any surprises for you, go with your gut.
Love, 18 year old you. Yeah, you're still a bitch.

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Dear 16-year-old Julia,

Why do you still lock yourself up in your room? You dream to live life out of the full, but you were never out a single evening. You were never really drunk, no, you've never seen the world turn into a double vision. You live together with a boy who (maybe) adores you, but if so, why does he think of a girl in his class when wanking - and why did he even admit it? He stays with you after all, and you deserve him, but mind you do not share any interests. Maybe you once again should think about really wanting to have a baby with him. You can have children when you're older than I am ;)
You try your best for your father, you try your best esp for your mother. And tell you what? - She does not appreciate it. She has not even an idea how this "you're okay" would be like. In her eyes, you'd never been flawless.
Color your hair - "DYE 'EM BLACK", like Type O Negative would say. (Ah, and listen to them earlier. It helps, it helps, it helps.) Shave your eyebrows, if you want to, and paint them on like Mephisto has 'em. Wear patent corsetry and fetish high heels, and stop pretending you would not like all this Burlesque stuff. You see, with 19 years already, people will tell you how beautiful you are. Stop thinking you were ugly and nobody likes you just because your mum told so. She doesn't like you the way you are, but it's not your fault she can't cope with it.
Stop cutting yourself, because I can't get rid of this anymore.
I'd like to say never kiss and go to bed with F. - and hell, never get into this relationship. But after all, maybe this is necessary to get to know what happiness means. You'll meet someone who maybe is the right one, or least this is what K. is, I think.
Stop thinking so much, go partying.
But never stop thinking about the contradicts and absurd things in this world, it's what is still making me smile after all. The melancholy belongs to you/me/us. But depression is a disease which has to be cured, so stop thinking this would only be a phase. Tell someone you need help, and that life is hell for you - this has the effect you'll be sent into a psychiatric hospital, but you'll meet people there who become real friends, although in the end only one person is left. But she'll be a true friend to count on.
Start partying and start to think about that life's more than this.

Oh, and get some piercings. I still do not have a single one, and I am still fighting to get one.
Get up on your feet and get some courage,
it will be fine in the end, but only the trouble you had before can mak you the person you are and the person you're happy with to be.

Love, your 20 yr old self.


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Dear 17 year old Vic,

I hope that you're happy. I hope that you're with a nice boy- maybe M or J? They're both lovely. I really hope you ignored how shit your sociology teacher was and cracked down, revised, and did well in the january exam, you'll need that to get the hell out of here. I hope that you're still best mates with 123 and Forrest, because they're truly wonderful people and they will help you with anything and everything. I hope you enjoyed life, and went to parties and drank too much (again), we won't regret it when we're older. And I bloody well hope that you remember that people love you, and to ignore the bastards who want nothing to do with you.

Love,
16 year old Vic.

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hey you

i'm going to say things you wont like and probably sound like a parent, but please try and read this all the way through and try not to hide behind your bluff and bluster barrier.

despite what you hear on television and radio, your adult life is not going to be spent in a mad max style post apocalyptic dystopian nightmare world after america and russia throw nuclear warheads at each other. then future will not be a judge dread world, however, you will end up with some mighty fine huge boots and the sas survival handbook will come in very handy. computers will change your life, pay attention when they become affordable. and know now that you are not going to be trapped alone in a world that doesn't understand you, the world is full of people like you, honest!

stop hating your parents, they love you very much but they are rubbish at showing it and they will not be here forever. remember that they were not given a manual on how to to the parenting thing, and they are trying their best... you will miss them when they are gone. your brother is an annoying dickhead but he's actually going to turn out ok. you will have some hard decisions to make, but you will make them for the right reasons and will need your familys support (yes, you will get support, despite your deplorable behaviour and general bad attitude... you know what i'm talking about, so you can stop having a strop right now!)

please try to transfer all that rage and frustration somewhere else, turning it back on yourself is not helpful, try and use that energy in a more constructive way or at least externalize it in a less aggressive fashion. you will still get to where you want to be, but without the years of self analysis and self loathing!

you're going to have some amazing experiences and some of them will be really bad but they are going to make you stronger than you are now. trust you gut instincts, they are rarely wrong, and try not to cut your nose off to spite your face so much... the only person you will hurt by doing this is yourself.

you are a strong, beautiful, amazing, talented woman, loved by friends and family alike, so don't listen to the dark side, it talks rubbish and it stems from fear. remember what it says in the dune novels "fear is the mind killer"...say yes more often, it will open doors that lead to really cool people and places and if you're less stubborn and scared and actually go for it instead of worrying about failing... who cares if your not the best at everything? only you, so don't be so hard on yourself.

i'm not going to tell you to do anything different, because i know you won't listen. i want you to believe in yourself a bit more, the world is a pretty fucked up place, and it doesn't get a huge amount better, but you do have a place in it and you will end up happy and happy with the decisions that you make.
none of the things you want so badly will happen in either the way you think they will, or with the people you want it to, but it all ends up good babe, so hang in there, you will learn to be happy in your own skin and happy with the person you are.

life gets good, grab it with both hands! x






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Wow, these letters are amazingly emotional and...just wow.

Dear 16 year old Becki....

There's so much that's gone on from the age of 16 until now, all in one year.

You're going to fall pregnant by your best friend...you'll have an abortion, this is the best option you can take at such a young age...however you'll regret it at times because in the November of your 17th year, you'll be diognosed with PCOS...this means you possibly can't have children, ever. Change your mind about this, there's a man in the future who thinks that you're perfect and he loves you. I know that this is hard to believe. And use condoms, because in a year, you will lose another baby.

Don't fuck Jay again, leave it, he's not worth it....you don't love him. Don't get with Luke, he'll just mess you about, have a child with his ex and run off to play soldiers, leaving you heart broken and messed up...it will make you self-harm. Don't fool around with J.A.L in the November of your 16th year, he'll equally mess you about but through that he'll meet someone right for him.

On New Years Eve, you'll go to a party and you'll meet the guy you will end up in love with, he has a girlfriend but he isn't happy, I'm not saying that you should purposely split them up but you can help him out. He will grow close to you, you'll have arguments but you'll end up together in the end. However, this possible relationship isn't realized yet, you agree to be a surrogate for his mother....DON'T! For fucks sake don't, it'll ruin you. It will end badly.

Have fun, get drunk, have boyfriends and girlfriends, RELAX, apply for Leicester College, get with someone I call Lark and spend your year wisely, else you will regret it like I have. You've not had a childhood, not mush of a teenage life and before you know it...you'll be 18.

So much love from your 17 year old self, soon to be 18.....and please please please don't cut yourself again, it will almost kill Mum. And there really IS someone waiting for you, fuck him every chance you can babes!

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Dear 16 year old Lolly,
Everything you do will turn out fine, it's ok to dislike that college course, it's fine to quit, try harder to get a job in the two year gap, everything's going to be just fine. Oh, and you know that really fit guy in your class that you think is gay? He's not and you'll be going out ith him when you're 17/18 :)

Love, 18 y/o Lolly x

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I don't know what to say to you. I don't know how it's going to work out.

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Dear 16 year old Steph,
First off there will be a lot of trouble this year (but some will be worth it) so don't bottle things up or you'll have a panic attack while wearing your "I scored high on my drugs test shirt" while one of the teachers lil boys asks if you need a plaster.
You'll get together with Ant, don't bother. He's sweet at first but you'll realize he's just a kid tryin to be grown up.
You'll take both ICT and art courses and find you love art and will make good friends (one shit).
Just relax enjoy life, don't be ashamed of yourself and never change.
Love 21 year old Steph.

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