Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Dear Me

I was aimlessly browsing a bookshop a while back. Was having one of those "bookshop" days - Time to kill, nothing else better to do, nowhere else you'd rather go. And you know, every time you have one of these days, you surprisingly find something a little amazing. Ahh..the humble book.

And something a little amazing I did find. A book called Dear Me: A Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self. It was light, and had an interesting enough title and cover for me to pick it up, and yes, I do judge books by their cover. *shocker*. I recommend you get your hands on one - borrow it from the library, buy it, whatever. It's truly inspiring and heartfelt.

Here is a picture and description of the book I got from the publisher's website:

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

In Dear Me, some of the world's best loved personalities have written just such a letter.
Dear Me includes letters from three knights, a handful of Oscar winners, a bevy of Baftas, an intrepid explorer, a few teenage pop stars, an avid horticulturalist, pages and pages of bestselling authors, a dishy doctor, a full credit of film directors, a lovey of top actors, a giggle of comedians and an Archbishop! 

The letters range from the compassionate to the shocking via hilarity and heartbreak, but they all have one thing in common: they offer a unique insight into the teenager who would grow up to be....
Stephen Fry, Annie Lennox, Paul O'Grady, Jackie Collins, Fay Weldon, Alan Carr, Peter Kay, Debbie Harry, Brenda Blethyn , Jonathan Ross, Liz Smith, Will Young, Alison Moyet, Rosanne Cash, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Yoko Ono, Emma Thompson… to name but a few.
It is the PERFECT GIFT for your mum and dad, sister or brother, gran or granddad or someone who is a teenager, even turning 16

When I read the letters that these famous people had written to their sixteen year-old selves, you could feel how human they all were. I got bits of advice, bobs of inspiration, and a couple of giggles to that. I'm getting to a point in time where I've realised that life moves so quickly, and nothing ever stays still. It's been freaking me out, the fact that soon enough, I'll be worrying about silly unavoidable things like aging and other issues that everybody goes through. Reading this book reminded me to enjoy my moments in my life, and it seems that the older you get, the wiser you do become, and that wisdom brings about something better in life to look forward to. 

Dear Me,

You care too much about what your parents think. You care too much about failure. You care too much about potentially embarassing yourself. You've always thought that crossing the line was a bad thing, but you're not always right, and you've always lived life the safe way. Give up the "I wish" statements, and actually do something to get the things you want. Scrub that. Do more than something. Go all the way. If you don't work hard enough, you'll never get the things you want. 
Treasure your childish giggly moments, because they won't last forever. Don't spend so much on lavish food, though I know you won't listen. Gluttony is so tempting, and you chose to revel in it, so don't complain when you gain a couple more pounds. 
You should stay true to yourself, which is what you already know deep down. So don't let outsiders or people who don't understand you influence what you want, and what you know makes YOU happy.
Always wear a smile, and try to be more confident in your own skin, and remember to enjoy learning about who you are.

Love, Moonlight.

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