Why, hello younger version of me...
Hi, yep this is me - 16 year old you sitting here on a cold Thursday evening, deciding what to write as the blog post for the following day. Lucky you, I've dedicated one for you to read these many years later!
Your probably going to have forgotten I wrote this or why I'm doing it - simply because I'm interested to know whats happened over our years and I don't know, maybe you'll laugh at my assumptions for the next few years for us and prove me wrong - who knows! I'm writing this post to you to ask you a few simple questions on everything and what I'm hoping we have achieved in the next in the next 4 years.. 2019 (woah.)
Well, you posted this in 2015, so I've answered at the ripe old age of 21 in 2020 - but I'll blame myself last year for not getting back to you before then.
Firstly, I'm hoping that you have a secure job and its something that you enjoy. As I'm writing this, I throughly live by that people should do what they enjoy and that includes me. I hope its something I'm fairly good at and something that we enjoy! If not, try and look for something new and more our area please ;)
Strangely enough, you decided that you wanted to go to university. I know, crazy thought right? So unfortunately, we have not yet secured a job however I can tell you that you are doing something that you thoroughly enjoy. You're in your third year at the University of Lincoln, studying journalism and have fallen back in love with video editing (and found a new love of TV - yeah, I wouldn't believe myself either). You're currently looking for jobs in the industry with the hopes of falling in love with the real world as well.
Secondly, it would be nice to know if we've settled down with someone and that you're happy with them. But if you're still single, it doesn't matter - I'm sure you've had some fun adventures whilst being single so its not a huge loss at all!
Ha! I've done something correctly on this list! You have settled down with a very lovely gentleman named Andrew, and you have been settled for well over a year. You're extremely happy with him and very much so in love with him (sorry for the cringe). We actually got settled and it still hasn't been a huge loss either, so you're winning!
Next, I'm hoping that the next two years of my current life at college has been completed successfully by us. I'm hoping that we achieved the whole distinction filled grades that I've hoped from from the start of doing an 18 unit media diploma course, but being a quarter of a year through it, I won't be too shocked at us if we don't get the desired grades that we wanted at the start ;) After this, I'm hoping that we decided to go to university and do something we enjoy. Again, if we didn't its not a huge worry of mine!
College was the best years of your life and I don't think you realised it at the time. You made some incredible friends and SOARED in your diploma, with a whopping distinction and two distinction stars. It was ambitious of us, but we managed it. You created some...interesting....pieces of work, but also produced some stuff you're still incredibly proud of. And the result of that? Landing a job at the local magazine that you adored and landed in your first choice of university. Proud of you, kid.
I hope we've taken every opportunity that gets thrown to us. I'm hoping we stick to the term of saying yes to everything that gets thrown our way! In link with this - I'm hoping that we've decided to go on more travelling adventures such as Canada and Ghana - it would be nice to have some more travelling experience under my belt. If you;ve done Australia by then - I will be impressed;)
Oh, absolutely. I've done things I don't think we could even comprehend if I told you all these years ago! You've made some incredible memories along the way: went to your first festival with your best friend, fell in love with seeing live music, fell back in love with the joy of theatre and even saw a bit more of the world. I thought we were at our peak at the tender age of 16, but you've done so much and more. Thank you for taking that step and not being afraid of everything anymore, I thank you for it now. (But don't be so bloody stupid, do you KNOW how much Australia costs?!)
But thats about it for everything I'm eager to know the answers to these questions that I have. As well - I hope you're well too (obviously!)
With love, 16 year old Grace x x
I'm planning on doing a 5 year catch-up... watch this space 26 year old me...