Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Email to 1998 from Jessica


FROM: Jessica


SUBJECT: Dear Self, Listen Up


Dear Jessica,

There are a couple of things you should know. You aren't good at listening to people when they try and tell you what to do, in fact you tend to do the opposite. You'll realise in a few years time that being contrary for the sake of it is a waste of time. In reading this letter, tell yourself: Self, this is me talking, it must be good advice.

  1. You've had a rough go of it lately and it's going to get harder. Then it gets easier, but not for awhile. Hang in there. It won't kill you and it does make you stronger.
  2. You are right, he is a liar and a cheat and can't be trusted as far as you can throw him. Oh and also, don't sleep with that Greg bloke from your Poli Sci class. He will be become one of your best friends and no one wants to know what their best mate looks like naked.
  3. Enjoy Portland. It's such a cool city and in a few years time you'll be living abroad. You'll get paid to travel the world and coach other people on how to be convincing story tellers. Sounds far fetched I know, but trust me.
  4. Don't be afraid to take risks and don't be embarassed that you are a tech geek. All these things will pay off for you, big time.
  5. In two years time you meet a group of people who change your life and then your life changes them. These will be some of the pinnacle relationships for your 20's and 30's. Be good to them, they will be your pillars of strength when your world crumbles.
  6. Your world will crumble starting in 2000, everything you know to be true is proven false. You lose the people you have loved the most, in fact you lose everything by 2001. But then you pick yourself back up again and carry on.
  7. Don't worry about getting married and having kids. Although you think you don't want it, you do. It happens when you least expect it.
  8. Get more sleep. You'll need to stock up for when you're travelling non stop.
  9. Enjoy being young (and quite attractive I might add). Age and beauty are fleeting and wasted on the young.
  10. Hold on to your handbag a bit better when you move to London. It gets nicked 3 times in your first year and is totally preventable.
  11. Keep having fun. It doesn't hurt you or your career and at some point you stop caring about fun and focus more on home. I promise.
Lots of love and please remember, you are worth it. You are.
Future you