Dear Future Self,

By Nina

You’re probably at home with bae right now, if they even still call them that? Anyway, you guys are probably in bed reading this together because that’s what you’re like. Forcing everyone to love the things you love. Thank God you stopped that. You realise what is for you will always be for you, so all those forced friendships and questionable suitors kind of just fell to the waste side, and you found him.

You found the man who loves you for everything you are, the good and the bad… especially the bad. You don’t know who he is yet which must be a little strange and funny at the same time, seeing as you’re sitting next to him right now.

Okay, enough about the love of your life because, as you’ve already found out, there’s more to life than a man who loves you.

We’ve got a few weeks until the new US president heads into office, which you can imagine is frightening for us on this side of the pond. You’ll know way more about how that works out so let’s talk about that later.

I just wanted to let you know that you’re going to cry a lot. You’re going to get frustrated. You’re going to hate your job and realise the importance of an open working environment. You know it isn’t the end of the world but this is a gentle reminder, it really isn’t the end of the world.

The career you want is waiting for you, your faith is what keeps you going. You read The Alchemist and The Circle Maker at least once a month, and hidden in those pages you’ve memorised are the answers to everything you’ve ever prayed for.

The biggest lesson you’ll learn is that you don’t need to convince anyone of how valuable you are. The people that get it won’t leave your side, those that don’t, well, it hurts for a while but you learn to move on and focus your energy elsewhere.

You’ve only just started. Oh and congratulations on your graduation, you made mum cry again and that’s all you really wanted.