Dear Past Me,

Earlier, when I was trying to decide what to write for today’s post, I came across a blog post prompt on my dashboard which instantly inspired me to take it on. The post: Good Tidings. The prompt?¬†Present-day you meets 10-years-ago you for coffee. Share with your younger self the most challenging thing, the most rewarding thing, and the most fun thing they have to look forward to.

Here goes:

I know you’re so young right now and you’re not going to comprehend many of the things I’m about to tell you, but I want you to listen carefully to everything I have to say. In the next ten years, you’re going to go through so much. Both good and bad. There’ll be tears and laughter. Good people and bad people. Winning and losing.

First good thing to look forward to? The bullying will end, kiddo. I promise. So, you hold on and keep your head up because the strength you gain right now by getting through this will be so helpful in the future. Also, those people don’t matter. Honestly, in less than five years they will be nothing but a distant memory.

Sadly, there are a lot of challenging situations to come, Mini-Me. Perhaps the most challenging thing to come for you is definitely your mental health issues. Right now, those words probably mean nothing to you but you’ll find out in about 3 years exactly what I mean when I say that. Depression and anxiety will wreck your life, relationships and future prospects. I know that sounds scary but, in a way, they also make you a better person. They make you a stronger person. You’ll learn to see the light in otherwise dark situations. If you hold on, hopefully we’ll both be ok in the end.

The most rewarding thing? Well, when you’re sixteen, you’ll discover a little show called Supernatural. It’ll literally change your life. I know that sounds silly. How can a TV show change your life? Well, it does. It gives you hope and laughter, you learn important lessons and meet some amazingly inspirational people through it. It also gives you some of the best and happiest memories. It’ll help you in so many ways. It’ll be your lifeline when you’re feeling down. Supernatural will save your life and make it so much better in the process.

Despite all the bad shit that will happen in the next decade for you, I can assure you that there will be just as much fun packed in there. You’ll make some friends in high school and have some hilarious times there. You’ll begin traveling at 17 and develop a passion for it. Supernatural conventions are the very personification of fun for you from 2013 onwards. You’ll make so many special, happy memories there and meet so many awesome people. Also, you’ll learn that sometimes the most spontaneous plans are the most enjoyable ones. Look for ways to have fun and make memories every day, ok?

So, little Lauren, I guess the best advice I can give you for the next ten years is to make the most of every single second. Life goes by so quickly that sometimes we forget to just slow down and appreciate the small things. Stop and smell the roses. If you love someone, let them know. Look up at those breathtaking stars and smile. At the minute, you may think life is pointless but let’s challenge each other. Let’s give our life our own meaning.

Lastly, you’ll learn to be a good person within the next few years after some stupid mistakes. Don’t just be good to other people, though. Be nice to yourself too.

Until next time. Stay positive.