Letter to my 16 year old self

Dear Me,

I know you are happy you are 16 now; well you have to be, I was ecstatic to find out myself, so here are some things you need to know, you are starting a new life now, you are probably excited that you will get to know boys, go to Uni and make some cool friends, be rid of all the hazards that college life has to offer. That’s a great plan but what you don’t know is the pain you hear about, the excitement, the temptations your mum made mention of has just begun in earnest

You are going to be given a new phone this year; I know you must have been waiting for that moment where you are allowed to call on your friends without having to ask your parents for their devices. You have started talking boys and dreaming of stolen kisses when no one seems to be watching, I’m sure you have already made that promise to yourself that come what may you are going to remain chaste till you tie the knot.

You have probably started obsessing about how many bars of chocolate you take down in a day and why you just won’t slim down despite the amount of calories you have said no to. You just have to fill out in the right places. Why are the pimples still breaking out you ask yourself despite all the treatments you have used; don’t worry about that dear one, it’s bound to be that way.

Remember the final exams are coming up so have you to read hard and get that A+; forget about everything else and remember to always say thank you to mum because you probably hate her about now and most times you feel bad that you do but you just don’t understand why Mummy never gets it.

Yes, you are going to catch Dad cheating on mum, never mind that gory sight, you will be devastated at first but you will get over it in time, he just doesn’t understand how sad mum is and how much respect you have placed on him prior to the time.

You will get to meet your primary school crush this year and your heart will pound so hard, you think you will die, don’t give him a card, don’t call him either because that is the beginning of your Love woes… so you don’t even want to go down that road.

You will get interested in your brother’s friend and want to send him an email, don’t just say hi and let it slide, don’t muster the courage to act on every crush you get. You are going to meet two cousins who will both want to date you, so wrong, I ran from that myself. Oh lest I forget a Chinalu Ossai will come into the picture and be all nice to you but you just have to keep acting disinterested okay.

You finally got into Babcock, you are so happy but your life starts from there. You will want to make some crazy decisions like I did, take a deep breath and observe before you do, don’t jump the gun and let your friends help out.

Apart from all these, you are going to have great friends and lovely people around; just bask in the euphoria of the moment and let your spirit guide you.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Damn….. I still av memories from wen I was 16 but dey re nutin compared 2 dis…. Thumbs Up…… Sha dnt stop believing in love

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  2. The part where you talked about your dad. Must have been a gory sight like you sai. But I hope it didn’t and/or won’t diminish what love means/is to you.
    Beautifully written.

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