24 April 2016

Dear Future Self

Imagine if you, at your current inexperienced- or experienced- age could defy all that you know about the stress producer and experience contributor-time, and rewind.  Imagine if we could back pedal to one night ago, maybe one year ago or maybe even three decades ago; what advice would you give from your current self to your younger self?

If Steph (aged 10) could give Steph (aged 13) a single piece of advice it would be this:
Don't worry about the people in your primary school- you'll never speak to most of them again. In high school you'll meet a boy and he'll break your heart, but you'll heal (despite what you think and what you feel). You will be faced with a great sense of 'failure' and a great lack of self-belief but I promise there will come a day where you will believe in all your hard work. In the romance department you will be a late bloomer. Don't worry about that. Live your genuine life till then. Oh, and Steph, you'll make some pretty amazing friends in high school and get 37% in a maths test in grade 10 but go on to get an A for mathematics but most importantly Steph, Kiddo, you'll make it.

There are a copious amount of individuals who wish that "Had I known what I know now...I would/wouldn't have done that... or I would have done it differently." I'm aiming this post at those people. You. There are often times when a single decision defines the person we become and the life we will lead. A defining moment. That single moment could lead to so much goodness, but contrastingly so much hatred, anger, resentment and other negative emotions.

This question will ask of some people to venture into dark, web filled corners which have not been journeyed to in sometime. Others will rove past a conglomeration of both jubilant and blue days whilst another will seek out advice for a happier time. This requires ones current self to journey back to ones past self and give advice for the future.

I'm not going to tell you to forget that moment whether it be one night ago or a lifetime ago. All I am going to ask you is this: Think about one piece of advice you would give to your younger self- maybe when you were 10, maybe at 65, or maybe even 24 hours ago. If you're up to it, send me an email at socialspying@gmail.com and I'll feature it in the next feature 'Dear Future Self'. And please do include a photo of yourself or an image of a sentimental/relevant object or a snapshot of a memory or even a post-card and scan it through, if you wish to do so.

Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, for the first time ever I bring you Dear Future Self.



Age: 53
Occupation: Domestic Helper
Nationality: South African

Dear Future Self













Sincerely,
I-thought-I'd-be-a-Teacher 



Age: 17
Current Occupation: Student
Nationality: South African

Dear Future Self












Sincerely,
Date-less



Age:55
Current occupation: Unemployed
Nationality: Greek

Dear Future Self
 
Sincerely,
Bankrupt and Jobless



Age: 26
Nationality: South African

Dear Future Self
Sincerely,
Diana



Age: 17
Occupation: Student
Nationality: Cypriot

Dear Future Self 

Sincerely,
P



Age: 18
Occupation: Student
Nationality: South African

Dear Future Self




















Sincerely,
Minnie Mouse



If you have a piece of advice that you wish you'd been able to give to your younger self what would it be?


Send it to socialspying@gmail.com along with a visual, your age, nationality, current occupation and a name which you'd like to be known as and I'll feature it in next month's addition of Dear Future Self.

Till next time-
Steph

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