Hey 19-year-old Sandy, how’s it going? I know you don’t have much time for me. You’re probably about to rush off with your boyfriend and friends, and I get that. College is about to end and you’re going to University next year, which is exciting and worth celebrating. But I just want to take a moment to share a few things with you.
I don’t want to say too much about how your life is in the future, because that will spoil the moments you’re living in now. But you’re life ahead of you will be great, if I do say so myself. No, you’re not going to be a famous blogger. You’re going to live your life as you want. Yes, that is possible. In fact, a lot of things you thought impossible are actually possible.
If you want to know the most challenging thing, the most rewarding thing, and the most fun thing you have to look forward to, it’s all from the same few years of your life. It’s when you go to London, in England. Yes, you will go overseas. And yes, that is why I have a slight English accent.
I don’t want to go into the details of why you go to London, because I think it’s a really important part of the process. But I will say it is a major turning point in your life to come. I say that your time in London is the most challenging because I couldn’t predict what to expect, and yeah, I was a little unprepared for it. You might cry a lot. Actually, you will cry a lot. It’s also the most rewarding because despite all those challenges, you eventually pulled through and you made it. Where? I can’t say, but you’ll know it when you get there. You’ll just feel it in your soul. Something inside you will shift. It’s also the most fun because you will go through so many new experiences and meet so many amazing people. There’s so many things going on in London and you’ll get to take part in it. And enjoy it. You’ll be happy. Truly happy.
This experience, this time overseas, will make you who you are. Well, it’s made me who I am today. You might look at me and think I’m nothing special, and you might be right. But I am happy. And there will come a day when you realise that being happy is more important than trying to be cool. You don’t have to believe me if you don’t want to.
I know this is all very vague, but I don’t want to give anything away. I want you to experience everything — the good and the bad — as fully as possible. Yes, there are some things that I regret doing. No, I won’t tell you because all your experiences make you who you are. And I’m happy with who I am, so don’t go second-guessing and trying to chop and change things at random. Just make sure you learn from it all.
And just keep going and believe in yourself. Don’t roll your eyes at me. When the time comes, self-belief is all you’ll have. So remember that. You’ve got one heck of a ride ahead of you.