Born and bred a British, Shamima, 16, is all about creativity and self-expression. She wishes to pursue a career in Medicine and pursue her interests in poetry, fashion, writing and maybe in the distant future, property development
Dear Shamima at 13,
Having just turned 13, I know your bubbling with excitement, you’re finally a teenager! You’ve got it all thought out and you’re rearing to step into those stiletto heels and be all-grown-up! It’s thrilling and a tad scary, but from where I’m sitting now, I can confidently tell you that although you’ll have a fair few bumps along the way, you’ll eventually find what you’re looking for.
- Friends are your whole world right now. While that is very nice, it isn’t exactly sensible. You’ve got a long stretch to go, you can’t hold onto everyone nor will anyone remain the same including yourself. Let there be space to breathe.
- Alternatively you’re not giving your parents the consideration they deserve. It may feel like they’re being mean and unfair but that is never the case. Try to have a little patience and understanding and look at the situation from outside the box. It’d make the world of a difference!
- Learn to listen to you’re conscience, if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t! The fact that majority are going along with it is not justification. Don’t be afraid to think for yourself.
- Take your work more seriously. Homework is not much of a concern to you and revision is flicking through your book with headphones on. It’s really important you get into the habit now; because whether you know it or not, the next few years aren’t going to be easy but they do matter a lot!
- Believe in yourself! I know that you don’t have any particular plans as to want you want to be or do. You’re drifting from one possibility to another and you desperately want something solid to work towards. You may not realize it but you’re really, really afraid. Well don’t be, anything is possible so long as you put your mind and your heart into it.
- I understanding writing is incredibly frustrating at the moment, nothing seems to hold together long enough. But believe me, keep penning those flighty ideas and try reading different material to your usual and you may find the stroke of genius that will get you going.
- Opportunities hardly ever come knocking. Get out there and start looking.
- There is no need to be in a hurry to grow up. It only means more responsibilities, put your feet and enjoy being 13!
- And finally, love yourself!!! Learn to appreciate all the good things about you and be good to yourself. Don’t be susceptible to the blues, youth is precious and good times are priceless.
I sincerely hope the next few years and many more after that are full of happiness, laughter and memories and that you step into those stilettos feeling utterly fulfilled and rearing to go! I hope you come to discover yourself and love every bit of you.
Lots of love and best wishes
Your 16 year old self!