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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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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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Sweet Sixteen Saturdays

Jul
18

New TYCI contributor Giovanna Bisoni writes the latest in our nostalgic series offering a bit of advice to our sixteen-year-old selves.

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Dear Giovanna at sixteen,

First of all, I’m so freaking sorry sixteen is not a very sweet year for you. You’re a cool kid and, ten years later, I’m still impressed with your resilience.
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Sweet Sixteen Saturdays

Jun
20

New TYCI contributor Kathryn Mackridge 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 me,

You’ve always had trouble starting when you want to write something, a deadly mix of wanting to get everything out all at once, in one muddled go, and being a bit of a perfectionist. Figure that one out. That stays the same, but I’m writing to someone I know better than anyone else in the world, so I’ll start with a polite hello. I wasn’t going to give you a lot of spoilers about the next 9 years of your life – there are enough movies that tell us we should definitely avoid doing that – but you hate not knowing what’s going to happen, so I’ll give you a sneaky peak.
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