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This will come as a surprise, this letter from your future self. They said I had to write to someone from my past, I couldn’t think of anyone more important than you.

Firstly, I know… it’s been a rough few years. Hang on to the knowledge that it isn’t your fault. It’s not fair that you’ve had to deal with the fall out of other people’s life choices but you are keeping your head up and that integrity is still intact. I’m so proud of you.

Secondly, I’m sorry. Life is about to get much harder. You’ll see your dreams and aspirations go up in smoke, that’s not your path, it would have been so good but that’s not your life’s lesson this time around. Self reliance is going to be key, be strong, be resourceful. It’s important to know that the bottom, when you reach it, really is the lowest point you will ever experience and that you have got this. You have got this! It never gets that bad again, not so far anyway.

You’ve an old head on young shoulders, you’re a street wise and savvy young lady who humour and charm carry her through, don’t lose that Spark. Keep getting up each day and kicking ass… I know you do, because I lived it. But some days I just wanted someone to tell me it was going to be okay.

Everything happens for a reason, to make you the person you are, the person you will one day be. Guess what? She’s okay… A little frayed around the edges some days but a good person with a great life. Keep that chin up and don’t let the bastards get you down.

You really do have this.

And you are loved.



©️ Juliette Turrell