A Letter to My High School Self

Younger Kate,

I know you're feeling lost right now, and you can’t seem to regain your sense of direction. It’s scary trying to swim against the current when everyone’s swimming the other way. It’s going to be overwhelming for a while, as you begin to find your feet in this crazy place called life.

Trust yourself and your intuition, don't let yourself get distracted by what other people think and most of all be honest and kind.

Try and listen to the advice of your trusted friends, family and mentors. Although you may not want to hear it, they are looking out for you, and have your best interests at heart.

Go outside and get some fresh air, staying inside all day won’t help you make any more sense of those confusing thoughts swirling round your mind. See your friends, explore the world and say yes to new adventures.

Soon things will start making sense, although it will be a few more years before you start to find your feet. Throw yourself into your passions and take every opportunity as it comes, you'll be surprised at what you discover about yourself and the world around you.

Regret Nothing. Before you make a decision, ask yourself if will you regret the outcome years in the future. Having regrets later on, is something you can’t go back and fix.

Be generous with your time, after all that’s what matters in the end. The memories with those you love will get you through the hardest of times.

Your family are your biggest cheerleaders, so don’t forget to take them along on your journey with you.

Don’t place too much value on materialistic items, they don’t really matter in the scheme of things.

Always remember who you are, and where you came from.

Never forget that you are loved and valued,

Older Kate