So basically I’ve totally run out of ideas to write interesting blog posts on. I’ve had a couple of great suggestions from friends, which I fully intend on exploring, including the dire state our world is in right now. One word: TRUMP… ?
Anyway, while I think I will do a post on some of these great suggestions (thanks in advance, everyone😊), I thought that I would write this post as a letter to my past self-first year Kimbo. 💅🏽
So here goes…
Kimbo is, as I’m guessing you’re currently realising what you will be known as in years to come. You’ve had a few bad nicknames along the way so just be glad it’s not Kimberley. Yuck!
So you’re in first year. You’re still young, ambitious and full of life and joy. That’ll change pretty quickly, trust me. 6 years in secondary school will fly by, at the same time though, it will be the longest 6 years of your life. Regardless, please try to enjoy these years. Make the best of them and even on the duller days, find something to smile about! As your future besto, Aodhnait likes to quote: “Every day may not be good but there is something good in everyday.”
Over the next few years you’re going to face some amount of shit. Life is going to seem unbearable at times, and sometimes you’re going to feel like you’re really close to just giving up. I’m telling you that you are strong enough. You are brave enough and you are smart enough. You WILL get through everything that life is about to throw at you, and come out the other side with a big smile on your face, still in your goofy, over patterned clothes and be happier than ever. I promise!
You’re going to meet some people along the way that will quite literally save your life. Embrace these people. Love them with every bone in your body and never be afraid to trust. For although there are a few bad eggs that you will inevitably meet along the way, there are FAR more good in the world. It is worth being hurt by a couple of bad in order to stumble upon the good people. The great people. The people who will turn out to be your heroes. Friends, Neighbours, Strangers. You will meet the most incredible people, I can guarantee you. For someone with a teeny, weenie amount of biological relations, you will end up with a bigger family that you could have ever imagined. ❤️
I’m going to ask you to be yourself. People will respect you and love you for just being you. You’re going to spend a lot of time trying to fit in. Don’t do it. It’s not worth it. Being happy in yourself and having friends who like you for exactly you is a lot of fun, I definitely recommend it!
You’re going to learn some really bad duck jokes in third year while living with the Downes’. Tell them to everyone you meet. Even if people are laughing at you being in hysterics over your own jokes, go for it! They make you laugh and no matter the reason for others laughing, they will still be laughing. The more people you can make smile, the better! 🐣
People will tell you to put your head down during 6th year and study like you’ve never studied before. I really wouldn’t listen, Kimbo. You probably won’t do very much except for party and stress about the fact that you’ve done nothing and that’s okay! Although you will have your heart set on Trinners, you’re gonna end up in Maynooth and that will be your place! So although I don’t think you should show anybody else this particular paragraph of the letter, chill out! You’ll make it in the end and you will LOVE it.
This is a pre-warning that you’re going to stop avidly watching Eastenders. That’s okay ’cause you will eventually come to your senses and realise that it’s a shit show. Literally. Do yourself a favour, save yourself a couple of years of emotional turmoil and just switch to Emmerdale now. It’s much more entertaining and there’s also plenty of pretty boys in it too!😉
I’m going to make your day right now and throw in here that you will FINALLY get a dog!! (Thanks Dad) 😊😊😊 Regardless, keep begging and pleading… maybe he’ll change his mind if you put in more effort and let you get 2 Sallys instead of just one. Although one is FANTASTIC! 🐶
I’m going to advise you to always really appreciate the people you have around you. These people are usually just trying their best to help you and in a couple of years you will learn that they were almost always right and you were almost always wrong. Stop being so stubborn! Rely on the people you have in your support system, please? You’ll see as you get a bit older that all the burdens you’re carrying on your little shoulders seem a lot less heavy when you talk about your insecurities, worries and fears with the people you trust.
Oh yeah, teachers are not all big scary monsters who give out to you for not wearing your tie and who thrive off the pleasure they get from handing out homework and ruining your weekend. Some of them are actually pretty cool and will help you a lot with all the struggles you’re about to face. (Although, there is of course, the odd monster..)😉🙊
Hummm… what else?
Aside from the usual, getting rid of the big school bag and ‘losing’ mom’s sensible shoes… I’m not sure if there’s much else I can advise you on. I mean there is of course! I could warn you about a lot of things but I think that all the people you will meet, experiences you will go through and places you will visit along the way will make you into a pretty cool, well actually really dorky, but kinda funky gal. You will learn so much about people, the world and most importantly yourself. It’s not going to be an easy ride by any means, but I know that you will grow into a good and a very happy person. Although not all the time, 96% of your time you will spend having fun. Try to get that percentage up.
Before I finish this letter to you, my dear Kimbo, I have one last thing that I would like to say. Please refrain from proudly announcing that ‘You will never drink alcohol, that it is stupid and pointless and that you can have just as much fun without it.’ This is not true and you will regret saying it. Trust me. Also 13-year-old Kimbo, please don’t try to pluck your eyebrows. They are FINE just the way they are.
Lastly never forget to smile always,
Lots of Love, 20-year-old Kimbo xxx