First of all I should make the point that you can never receive this message because it would mess up all sorts of time things. I know that I never did receive this message and if I did somehow end up receiving it my past and my memory would change and then I wouldn’t write this message in the same way. It would be a massive paradox. So this is a hypothetical post which you will never receive.
So for you it’s 2007 and you are still relatively early into doing your GCSEs and several months into your first proper relationship. To be honest you’re probably doing better than I am right now. I guess I should advice you how to proceed from this point on. That relationship isn’t going to last so if you can bring yourself to do it ending it now would prevent lots of heartache. At least try not to get too attached because by the end of the year it will all be over. Work hard on your GCSEs and you can do better than you will otherwise get. Study leave is actually for studying, remember that! Except don’t worry about studying for Music, that’s just a lost cause…
The next few years will be pretty good actually, pretty much until you leave Sixth Form. Do Geology, English Lit and History A-levels but definitely don’t do biology, find something more beneficial to do. When you start a big new relationship behave more like a normal human being and who knows how it might turn out. Go to uni to do teacher training, it’s what you were born to do and you know it at the back of your mind. When you get there try not to be such a prick to certain people- you’ll probably be able to work out which ones as you go along.
Of course even if you do receive this advice you won’t act on it because I’m sat here now wishing I’d followed exactly that plan and not messed so many things up. You are young and should be care-free. In five years time you have things to worry about but just get on with being a teenager and you’ll have a great time.
Yes, there are lots of idiots who make things hard for you but take knowledge that in five years time you will be half way to being a primary school teacher and at best they will be doing a menial job somewhere in the town. You are way better than them so don’t let them get to you.
Oh and you HAVE to get into comic books. If I had another four years worth of reading them right now it would be awesome. You’ll love them, probably even more so at your age. Find a way to do it. In fact back then bus services are way better than they are now so take advantage whilst you can.
Also if you can find a way to bet then do so on the following and you’ll be quids in by now:
Grand National: 2008- Comply or Die, 2009-Mon Mome, 2010- Don’t Push It, 2011-Ballabriggs, 2012-Neptune Collanges.
Premiership: 2007/8-Man U, 2008/9-Man U, 2009/10- Chelsea, 2010/11: Man U, 2011/12: Man City.
(Hey never miss a trick with time travelling messages!).
I just realised at this point only one series of Doctor Who has been on for you to watch. David Tennant is as fantastic as that regeneration scene suggests and you are going to love the next few series. I wish I could see it all for the first time! AND the last Harry Potter book is coming out in a month, it is seriously good. You were right, Snape is a good guy!
Oh and you should start writing a blog, it will be great for you. But make sure you promote it so that people actually start reading it straight away rather than writing to no-one in particular for a year.
OK, I’m done. You probably have so many questions to ask but this is a one-time only deal and you can’t write back. But take what I’ve said on board and life will be fantastic. It won’t be easy and in five years time things may still be hard but at least you’ll have less regrets than I do.
20 Year Old Me.