SUBJECT: Email to 1998
Dear Me in 1998,
Please put your mental health first: don't smoke so much pot, and try to exercise more. Depression is a demon and will stalk you again, but keep your chin up and you'll get through it. Thank God we're too stubborn for suicide!
Enjoy the year in Oz, but leave your heart with London and come back to find it later. You may fall out of love with London, but not the man you find there: he's possibly the best thing that will ever happen to you.
You'll get fat, and it'll make you feel bad, but it's not the end of the world - you'll get thin again later. Remember our motto: In a hundred years, will anyone care?
Treasure your best friend and be there for her as much as you can, despite the distance. She'll be there for you through more than you can imagine.
Oh, and your first love will turn out to be a pedophile. Sorry.
Yours from half-way around the world and a million miles away,
P.S. We have an awesome dog!