Lifestyle, Personal musings

A letter to my 13 year old self

Jurien Bay, Western Australia

Jurien Bay, Western Australia

Welcome back!  As you may have noticed I have been MIA for the last 2 months on the blog.  It was great to take a little blogging break as work got hectic and we had a trip back home.  Now I'm back to it, re-energised and rejuvenated.  To kick off my weekly posts again I have something a little different for you.  A very personal, honest and therapeutic letter to my thirteen year old self...

First things first.  That skirt, it’s way too short, listen to your mother!  Those spots, don’t worry, they will clear up soon.  Don't be heart broken when Nsync split up, JT is coming back even better on his own!  Enjoy school while you are there, you will actually miss it more than you think.

It’s ok that you don’t know what to do with your life.  A job doesn’t define you.  Those dreams of seeing the world are acceptable, that is an option and one you will take.  It’s true what they say ‘the world is your oyster’.  You will come to love this saying, as the world truly is yours to dream about, to discover and endlessly wander.  Don’t listen to the teachers, you don’t have to have a 'career plan'.  Hell, you don’t even need to go to Uni to get a good job.  Travelling the world and meeting people from all different walks of life will teach you more valuable lessons in life than any classroom ever could.  Things will fall into place without you even realising.  Even though all this new technology, internet and computer jargon is pretty scary right now, you will actually make a career out of it.  It will take you around the world.  You will consult companies across the globe, live in different countries and meet inspiring people.

Your friends, it’s ok if you feel awkward and don’t quite fit in.  They all feel the same too.  Even so, some of your true friends are here and they will still be by your side in years to come.  In fact, you will stand by their side on their wedding days.

Your family are amazing, but you already know that.  Don’t be so crazy, just because you are 13 and can go out without your parents and do whatever you want, doesn’t mean you have to.  Your brothers will stop being mean soon and you will be friends, I promise.

And that boy you pine over, little does your inexperienced little heart know, that really is love at first sight.  That boy will be the love of your life.  Soon he will ask you to be his girlfriend.  You will have fun growing up together; being silly and making big life-changing decisions.  Supporting each other along the way.  He will make all your dreams come true.  You will travel the world together, make a home together and eventually he will ask you to be his wife.

And most importantly, just know that it will all be ok.  Every decision you make now will lead us to where we are now … happy.

What if I fall?  Oh but my darling, what if you fly!

À la perchoine, Jodie at 26 years old

This was so therapeutic to write and it made me feel like a weight was lifted.  I'd love to write this again in another 10 years, if or when I become a mother, a grandmother.  What would you say to your 13 year old self?

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  • Reply zena flanagan 15/05/2016 at 3:43 pm

    What a touching blog it’s all very true

  • Reply nan 10/05/2016 at 8:34 pm

    oh that was so touching and lovely to read, you have a way with word
    see you soon keep safe xxxxx

  • Reply Ali Benn 10/05/2016 at 5:39 pm

    Beautifully written, Jo. Made me cry for the happy times that can never be repeated – I am so glad you have so many good memories. It is good to hear from someone who has got on with their life and not expected anyone else to provide for them. You were taught a good work ethic by your parents, eh? Love, keep safe, Ali xxx

    • Reply Jodie @ A la perchoine 11/05/2016 at 1:36 pm

      Yes exactly! I owe everything to my parents. They taught me that if you want something you have to go out there and get it yourself. I will make hippies of them yet! x

  • Reply Carl Sawbridge 10/05/2016 at 5:13 pm

    This was really touching to read,I think it’s a good thing to look back at our younger selves and wonder what advice we could give to help or inspire,I think that as you get older and the lines in our faces get deeper we tend not to dwell on the past so much,it seems like it may be less important as time goes by,but it’s your past that makes you what you are now.
    I think your seeing that already.
    See you both soon x

  • Reply Pam 10/05/2016 at 4:22 pm

    Oh I love it, how inspiring! You have a good life! Xx

    • Reply Jodie @ A la perchoine 11/05/2016 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks Pamela! Honestly, you should have a go at writing this. It was the best therapy! x

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