You did it! You finished your GCSEs and you absolutely smashed it, I’m so proud of you. I know you’re so ready to move onto the next chapter but let me tell you, it’s not going to be easy. In fact, the next two years will probably be the hardest two years of your life, so far. Not just in school, a lot is going to happen to you over the next two years. The World as you know it is going to drastically change but don’t be scared, there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
You’ve finished school now so have your fun! Go out, dance with your friends, kiss loads of boys. You’ll look back on these days and be glad that you finally let your hair down.
You’re so passionate and you know exactly what you want, I love that about you. But don’t put all your eggs in one basket. It’s okay to have a goal to focus on but not everything always works out and I don’t want you to be disheartened when your plans change.
Your parents are going to split up. I know that’s hard for you to believe but you have to understand that parents are still people. They’re not perfect, they get things wrong too. You’ll find out things that you never wanted to know but you need to see the harsh realities. You’ll soon find out how naive you actually are and that’s okay. It’s okay to be upset about it. I know you feel like you have to stay strong for your family but it’s okay to cry. You need to let it all out otherwise it will build up inside you and end up causing you and your family even more pain.
I know that you’re feeling lost, like you have no one to turn to. You’ve lost people that you thought were your friends, your family is distant but you’re about to meet some of the most amazing people you will ever meet. Some of the nicest, most caring people who will be your friends for a long, long time. People that you can finally trust and open up to.
You’re about to fall in love with someone that you least expected. Someone that will teach you that you don’t have to pretend to be someone you’re not to impress others. Someone that will love you for your weird and wonderful self. Someone that still thinks you’re beautiful, despite your acne scars and goofy teeth. Someone that you’ll embark on some of the most incredible adventures with.
You’re a strong young woman, Antonia. Don’t forget that.
You can do anything you want to do, you just need to believe in yourself. Eventually you’ll stop caring what other people think and you’ll wish that you did a long time ago.
Keep dreaming big. Be passionate about what you love.
One day, you’ll be proud of who you’ve become and the journey it took to get there.
A big hug, I know you need it.