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Sweet Sixteen Saturdays

Dec
19

Rachael Fulton writes the latest in our nostalgic series offering a bit of advice to our sixteen-year-old selves, this time with a bit of a twist.

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A letter to my 13 year old sister.

Dear Janey,

I’ll avoid the ever-patronising ‘When I was your age…’ because I know the eye-roll you’d punctuate it with. I do not dare condescend to you, so brimming with sass and attitude-charged as you are, nor would I encourage others to risk it. You are cutthroat in your confidence, sharp and eloquent in arguments. You are an idiosyncratic whirlwind of personality and promise, one that takes no prisoners. You do not suffer fools ( like the rest of us mere mortals) gladly.
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Sweet Sixteen Saturdays

Dec
05

Siobhán MacInnes writes the latest in our nostalgic series offering a bit of advice to our sixteen-year-old selves.

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Dear 16-year old Siobhán,

You just tried to kill yourself. I can tell you know you have now lived twice as long as you have now and you are pretty darned happy you did not succeed.
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Sweet Sixteen Saturdays

Nov
21

Susan Le May writes the latest in our nostalgic series offering a bit of advice to our sixteen-year-old selves.

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Greetings from the future! You were right to be concerned, for all the good it’s (not) done.

Mind that childhood diary you destroyed? The one from 1990, littered with your fears over the Gulf War? It’s hard to believe you weren’t even ten years old then. I’m impressed you were that astute. Again, this hasn’t done you much good.
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Sweet Sixteen Saturdays

Nov
07

Jennie Mallanao writes the latest in our nostalgic series offering a bit of advice to our sixteen-year-old selves.

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Dear 16-year-old Jennie,

Have you seen your hair today? That’s, so far, the longest hair we’ve ever had. But we still hate the same thing: COMBING IT.

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Oct
24

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12

Not So Sweet Sixteen

Aug
29

Kate Bailey writes a special entry for TYCI’s nostalgic series offering a bit of advice to our sixteen-year-old selves.

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TYCI have a wonderful series called Sweet Sixteen: letters to your younger self. I love it. I wrote one, even got my Mum to write one, and I read each of every one. It’s no surprise then that on a reflective Berlin evening I found myself with a lot more to say to my sixteen year old self. This time though, it wasn’t an update and things you should know; it was a warning. It was a message about this world. The same energy generated as when I see a young teenage girl, disorientated by the expectations of her gender, struggling with that and all else that comes with Teen Territory. So, I wrote a letter that I wish I’d received when I was 16:
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Sweet Sixteen Saturdays

Aug
15

Maria Moore writes the latest in our nostalgic series offering a bit of advice to our sixteen-year-old selves.

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Hi 16-year-old Maria,

It’s me (/you), 24-year-old Maria. Crazy, right?

A lot has changed in the last eight years and I’m trying to remember what you’re like, and what it’s like being sixteen, but it’s all quite fuzzy. You have a tendency to not think about the past too much, and that’s something you should work on trying to stop. Just because something’s bad, doesn’t mean it’s not worth remembering. And, spoiler alert, it really wasn’t that bad anyway.
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Sweet Sixteen Saturdays

Aug
01

Shirin Ghoujalou writes the latest in our nostalgic series offering a bit of advice to our sixteen-year-old selves.

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Hey sixteen-year-old Shirin,

It’s your future self here who’s going to try and give you some advice because, let’s face it: you need it.
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