Dear younger Melissa,
I can’t quite believe how fast time flies. You’ve told yourself that you’ll probably end up living alone with a bunch of cats in the future as nobody will want you. But you’re wrong. You’ll marry a fantastic and caring man who you’ll share a home with where you’ll create lots of memories and smiles together. You will have two cats though, so not quite a ‘bunch’ like you thought.
Looking back, there are a few things I want to tell you.
Pay attention more in class. You’ll wish you did. Those teachers are just doing their jobs, a job which must be pretty difficult when you think about it, so learn as much as you can while you’re there. But don’t worry too much; you’ll do just fine.
Look after your skin. Drink more water, try to get regular sleep and stop squeezing those spots! It doesn’t help, seriously.
Make the most of free days. The world is a wonderful place and you live in one of the most beautiful places in the country. So get outside and explore it! Go to the beach, get in the sea and swim in that water – stop worrying about how cold you’ll be or what you’ll look like. You’ll feel so much better and refreshed if you just go for it.
Try not to get mad at your mum. She cares about you and is doing everything she can to give you the best life possible. It may seem like there are times where life isn’t fair, and sometimes it isn’t, but she loves you very, very much.
You are not fat, so stop thinking you are. You’ll look back one day and wish you were ‘fat’ like you were back then!
Stop worrying so much. Don’t worry about what others may think of an outfit you’re wearing or that song you are singing or in fact anything. Just enjoy the moment, for one day you’ll look back and realise those were the good days. The days where you’d meet your friends 10 minutes before school started so you could discuss who fancied who and giggle uncontrollably together before heading into lessons. The days where you’d chat for hours on MSN and arrange girlie sleepovers which involved little sleep but lots of movies, face masks and even more laughs. Cherish those moments.
Lastly, remember to smile…