Recently I’ve been thinking alot about the last 10 years… I think 16 year old would be pretty shocked to see what my life is like now. She’d undoubtedly think I was extremely boring but to be honest I think she was a little reckless! I thought I’d send a little note to that spontaneous girl…
Dear Bryony (aged exactly 16 years),
Happy Birthday! So you’re 16, you’ve been excited about this one. Mum and Dad were pretty good at keeping your present a secret but now you’ve got your own computer! You can write on LiveJournal and download Simple Plan songs to your hearts content!
That leads me on to your first bit of news from 26 year old you – you still write on the internet. A lot. You’ve stopped buying URLs that relate to song lyrics (did you really need 5 of those anyway?) and have a little blog now. Come to think of it you probably don’t know what a blog is… I don’t think we called them that in 2004. It’s basically a ramped up version of what you’re doing right now anyway. Writing about your life and things that interest you, the difference is now you actually make a bit of money from it – crazy huh?
Our next bit of news is a big one… You might want to sit down and grab a drink (if I remember rightly that would be an Archers and lemonade?). The thing we mostly write about on that blog of ours is children… Your children! Two of them. Two beautiful, funny, intelligent, naughty, wild girls.
In 2009 you’ll feel like life is falling apart, work won’t fulfil you like it once did, a boy will break your heart and you’ll start to wonder what on earth you’re supposed to be doing and then you’ll meet someone that will chance everything. It’ll happen when you least expect… DON’T look for it, it’ll just happen. And everything will change. You’ll have the scariest, saddest, happiest, most ridiculous year of your life. And at the end of it you’ll be living in a lovely little house, with a wonderful man and you first baby girl. And then you’ll embark on another new adventure. You’ll buy another house, have another baby and it won’t be easy but it’ll be worth it. You might even end up with a ring on your finger… I KNOW!!!
At times you’ll wish you had a psychic to tell you what’s going to happen next but I promise it’s better to just live it. The next 10 years are going to be so much fun Bryony. Grab every opportunity that comes your way; no matter how scared you are get on that plane to the other side of the world. Apply for that job that doesn’t seem worth it (you’ll meet the most amazing people). Cuddle your family extra tight, they won’t be there forever but you’ve still got time to enjoy them. Don’t worry about that positive pregnancy test, everything’s going to be alright. And no matter how cringeworthy it might seem at the time send that text message to that random curly haired guy you met in the pub… You won’t regret it.
I hope I haven’t scared you too much, you’ve got some amazing things to look forward over the next decade. Enjoy it.
Bryony (aged 26 years, 4 months and 6 days).
Written in collaboration with The Circle