Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Email to 1998 from Jo




SUBJECT: To 1998 Jo


Dear Jo aged 11,

- Don't worry about being uglier than all your friends. You will be way more successful. And you will grow into your ears, I promise!
- Socialise with people your own age. Beg your mum to take you to youth clubs, Brownies, or whatever else other kids did at your age. You'll be a whole lot less weird.
- You're too young to be worrying about your weight. Please.
- Just be nice to your family. Soon you will be full of teenage hormones and take out all your rage on them. Don't shout. It achieves nothing. Just be nice.
- Keep a diary, because you'll regret having nothing to read back on.
- If any man shows the slightest hint of emotional instability, run for the hills. You have a saviour complex but will only get dragged down with him.
- Work hard. Really hard. At studies and at employment. Make money, save money, don't get into debt.
- Read more.

Nobody can love you unless you love yourself! So find out who you are and what you want from life before involving someone else in it.

Jo xx