At just 17 years old, you won’t realise this yet but your future is bright. It’s colourful, full of adventure and happiness. It’s important that you make the right decisions, think about the friends in your life and how they are affecting your current choices and future.
You don’t need to fit in. You don’t need to conform. You are strong enough to make your own decisions and be independent with them. Listen to your parents, they’re right. It might not be ‘cool’ to listen to them but they’ve had enough experience between them, they can see you’re going to get hurt.
At college, get your head down and work hard. You will learn a lot of life lessons at college, one in particular being how little you can drink without falling asleep on the bus ride home. You will get good grades and university life awaits but making a snap decision could see you work before the student in you rears her head again.
Moving away from home is an exciting chapter in your life, embrace it. Have fun, enjoy yourself and go to Ikea for your bedroom furniture instead of Argos, it’ll last a lot longer. Don’t worry about finding the right man, he’s just around the corner. Just make sure you buy yourself a new laptop when you decide you need one, he’s waiting for you to log on!
Your health is important so look after yourself. Learn to cook healthy meals and ditch the takeaway. You can’t afford them anyway! Cut out the fizzy pop and keep up with the exercise. It’ll save you a whole lot of heartache in years to come.
You’ve got years before you settle down and children are on the cards. Don’t be afraid, it’s all going to be just fine. Just make sure you plan ahead and live within your means.
Don’t doubt yourself, have fun and enjoy everything that comes your way. Life is an experience, so live it!
Disclaimer: This is a letter to my younger self in partnership with Legal & General.