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Sweet Sixteen Saturdays: Letters To Your Younger Self

Dec
20

Kate Bailey writes the latest entry in our nostalgic series about days gone by.

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Dear 16 year-old-me,

You haven’t changed your hairstyle in 12 years – it’s merely varied in length between Alanis and Mermaid. What a triumph that awaits you.

What I share with you here is merely a collection of thoughts, values and ideas I have contemplated enough to mention at the very fresh age of 26. I know nothing, but you know less. I still find the state of existence to be a calamity of absurdity, beauty, mystery and constant wonderment. It is a house that bears home to a myriad of ironies, truths, fears and hopes. Some days the house feels as though someone has left the lights on so I could find my way around without any trouble. Other days I find myself stumbling through the darkened halls searching for the switch. In any state I find the house of existence, I can say most assuredly I have suffered and learned in equal measure only in my interactions with people. People will break you, lift you, leave you, give you hope, make you laugh, bend your rules, surprise you, lie to you, forgive you, obsess over you, forget about your birthday, inspire you, confuse you, anger you and calm you down: and living all of this makes you better. You need people, don’t make the mistake of thinking you don’t.
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Sweet Sixteen Saturdays: Letters To Your Younger Self

Dec
06

Louise Tonner writes the latest entry in our nostalgic series about days gone by.

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Dear Lou Lou Von Foo Foo Bell (your aptly given family nickname),

You are currently going into 5th year at school and eagerly awaiting this transition. Recently you’ve discovered make up, especially bronzer, as well as Rimmel Sunshimmer. The first thing we need to discuss is that this is in fact, not waterproof. Very soon, you’ll come to realise that this does not bode well with Glasgow summers. However, it’ll take years to wean you off the stuff. Trust me, you look better without it.
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Sweet Sixteen Saturdays: Letters To Your Younger Self

Nov
22

Nina Glencross writes the latest entry in our nostalgic series about days gone by.

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Dear me, aged sixteen,

I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but life is not linear, no matter what your teachers or guidance councillors would have you believe.

You know when you put your earphones in your pocket and take them back out, only to find them in an insanely complex tangle?

That is life.
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Sweet Sixteen Saturdays: Letters To Your Younger Self

Nov
08

Ellie Hutchinson writes the latest entry in our nostalgic series about days gone by.
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Dear me,

Well, you’re in for an interesting few years. There’ll be many, many more late nights, wrong boys, cheap vodka, and dancing awkwardly in ill-fitting polyester clothes from Miss Selfridge to come.

Some of it will be awesome, some of it will be terrible. You’ll lose friends, gain some, lose them, gain some more and find yourself. You’ll meet the love of your life and have a baby. You’ll have a career that fulfils and rewards you. You’ll end up miles away from the small seaside town that you started of in. You’ll see some of the world; you’ll get drunk in Prague, sunbathe in Fiji and sit on speedboat in Greece. You’ll be there at the end of Brit Pop and you’ll always remember the routine to Disco 2000. 18 years on, Rachel will still be one of your besties.
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Sweet Sixteen Saturdays: Letters To Your Younger Self

Oct
25

Vicki Cole of Randolph’s Leap, Skinny Dipper and Comets & Cartwheels writes the latest entry in our nostalgic series about days gone by.

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Dear Sweet Sixteen,

Mum just called to ask what to do with the 27 Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels in the loft. “Some are autographed, and there’s loads of magazines too,” she says. You glance at your girlfriend half laughing, half secretly proud of your Whedonite credentials, and say, “I don’t mind, just chuck them out or put them on Gumtree.”
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Sweet Sixteen Saturdays: Letters To Your Younger Self

Oct
11

Stacey Walton writes the latest entry in our nostalgic series from the ladies behind TYCI.

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Dear “Midge”,

You hate that nickname but it’s one of the supposed ‘popular’ boys calling you it, so you’re just dealing with it. You really shouldn’t just deal with it btw. Stick up for yourself a bit more. It’s not all about being friends with everyone! It’s not about being ‘popular’, whatever the hell that is. You’ll work in a profession that calls for you to be constantly communicating, sometimes with people who you wouldn’t be friends with in an ‘everyday’ situation so take heed and realise now that you can’t be pals with everyone. It will save you a lot of unnecessary worrying…
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Sweet Sixteen Saturdays: Letters To Your Younger Self

Sep
27

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Dear Tawny, age sixteen,

I am writing to you from Terminal 5 in London Heathrow Airport. I would tell you that I’m terribly far from home, but – without giving too much away – that’s really only half true. By the time you reach my age, you’ll have flown across the Atlantic so many times that the novelty of British Airways flight 288 will have almost worn off. Almost. I now even have a routine for maintaining sanity during Heathrow layovers. (Pack face wipes. Discover and love dry shampoo.)
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Sweet Sixteen Saturdays: Letters To Your Younger Self

Sep
13

Lucy Brouwer writes the latest entry in our nostalgic series from the ladies behind TYCI.

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Dear Sixteen Year Old Self,

A few pointers for you from this end of the telescope:

You’ll end up meeting most of your heroes, you’ll even get to chat. What you really need is more heroines.

It will get easier to talk to people. Sometimes you will talk too much.

You’ll get out of this dead end town, but the first couple of years will be really hard. You’ll find a place, but you’ll never really fit in. Eventually you’ll make a point of standing out.

You will cease to care what other people think of you – when you realise how much your self consciousness holds you back, it will be a revelation.

Education is over rated. Experience is under rated.

Read everything you can get your hands on.

Write more. Practice more.

You will do things that you never imagined and you will wish you did them sooner.

You aren’t free yet, but you will be. It will just take you a long time to realise it.

Listen to more Patti Smith.

All those tapes you’re buying? You’ll wish you bought the vinyl.
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Sweet Sixteen Saturdays: Letters To Your Younger Self

Aug
30

Lis Ferla’s entry in our nostalgic series from the ladies behind TYCI.

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Hey you,

I really like your new haircut.

Lis Ferla at 16 with Youth Theatre pals

16 years from now, you’ll have forgotten you were ever a theatre kid. But you’ll still be into double denim.

It was only when I sat down to write to you that I figured out that I am twice your age, so I figure you’re wondering whether it all came together? Well, I did in fact become a journalist, although not in quite the way that you would expect – and the law degree, as confused as you feel about it now, was the right decision. I work for a big firm, but I still get to write about bands so basically I’m a music journalist who can afford to buy a house. I have a husband, and two cats. I never changed my mind about kids.
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