Dear Me

25 Feb

Dear Me: A Letter to my Sixteen-Year-Old Self, edited by Joseph Galliano, 2009
Dear Me
What would you say to yourself at 16, if you had the chance now? Would you tell Younger You to be crazier, not be so crazy, to follow your dreams, stay away from that boy, learn the piano, give up your nail biting habit?

“You adore music more than anything in the world… but that doesn’t mean you have to marry the lead singer of every band you ever had a poster of on your bedroom wall.” (Patsy Kensit now, to Patsy Kensit age 16)

The editor of Dear Me: A Letter to my Sixteen-Year-Old Self, asked 64 celebrities to write to their teen selves and share the letters with the world, and the resulting book is just super, super sweet. Sometimes sad (“You’ve run away from home and will be running for a long time”), sometimes funny (“Baton twirling is not a skill you’ll need later in life, trust me”), each letter is tinged with so much affection it can actually hurt your heart.

“You deserve a lot better than the guy you are going to meet next year… just let him pass, like he was a ghost… Everything is not going to be good, but everything will be perfect. The best is coming up.” (Roseanne Cash)

The celebs are mainly UK-based, so I didn’t know them all. Having said that, there are heaps of recognisable people in there – Elton John, Stephen Fry, Jackie Collins, Baz Luhrmann, Annie Lennox, Emma Thompson…

And it’s just so, so sweet. Did I mention that already?

FYI: You can share your own letter at the Dear Me blog, or tweet your #dearme message.

And as it’s my birthday today, I’m indulging myself and sharing part of my own letter…

Dear Literate Chicken at 16,

Life will get better. Some day you’ll get paid to write and even edit other people’s writing (!), you’ll own your very own beautiful cat (!!), and you’ll be living in Sydney on your own(!!!). It may not all go according to plan, but you’ll have amazing friends and an amazing family (yes, you will one day get along with your mother – be nicer to her or you’ll feel bad about it later). In fact, try not to plan so much – just be happy as your life unfolds. It will all be okay.

Also, don’t grow your fringe out.

Love your older, calmer self,
Literate Chicken


2 Responses to “Dear Me”

  1. aims March 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    Aw I will do one for my birthday. I wrote one at 14 to 24 – and then I lost it. Damn, would have loved to know what I thought about life at that obnoxious age!

    • theliteratechicken March 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

      Oh yeah, that would have been hilarious! I can only imagine the wonderful gems we would have imparted…

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