Side View’s Weekend theme this week is: GRASS.

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My take is an old post:


Hello You

Don’t get a fright, this is your 46 year old self and I thought I’d drop you a line.  I know you smoked grass last night and will probably think you are having some kind of hallucinogenic experience, but just indulge me and carry on reading.  (And don’t feel too bad about the grass; it turns out to be something you don’t really enjoy, lucky for you).

So, where you’re at right now is quite a complicated business hey?  I wish I could make it easier for you, but there are some things you have to suffer through; it’s a bum deal, but life’s like that.  I do want to ask you to be nicer to your mom, she’s not deliberately trying to cramp your style; she’s wiser than you realise and only wants that you realise your full potential.  She’s going to die too young and you’re going to kick yourself for being such a pratt.  You’ll miss her more than I can tell you.

Boys.  Hoo-ha, do you have some trouble coming!  What can I say; you already follow your heart and not your brain.  If it helps at all, rest assured that there is a happy ending.  All those toads you will kiss will only make you appreciate the Frog Prince, who eventually comes along, all the more.

You’re going to waste a lot of money on red shoes, my dear, no amount of advice from me to put the money into Unit Trusts instead is going to make an impact on you, and so I’ll just say that you should wear the shoes well.  Make them high heels, because I can tell you right now you’re not going to get any taller, no matter how many hours you spend stretching and hanging from the bathroom door frame.

There’s lots of other stuff … wear sunscreen, don’t smoke, wear a bra … but I’m getting a little tired now and need a nap.

Be kind to yourself Kiddo, everything is going to be OK.

I promise.

I love you.

Ps: Don’t bother with trying all the other perfumes, you’ll always return to Chanel No. 5.


28 Comments Add yours

  1. stilekke says:

    `lo there….interesting !!!!

  2. adeeyoyo says:

    If you could have sent this advice I doubt you will have listened… I love the idea, not about Sidey’s challenge, but about giving your teenage self advice!!! Actually the ‘grass’ challenge is also great.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks adee, have a super weekend 🙂

  3. Wonderful, Cindy. It’s nice to be kind to onesself once in a while. If only we could deliver such letters…

    1. theonlycin says:

      The reader would probably pooh-pooh the letter 🙂

  4. souldipper says:

    I enjoyed your letter, Cin. There was always something we disliked immensely about ourselves. I used to look at short girls – who got all the boys – and dream about how wonderful it would be to look so petite!

    1. theonlycin says:

      In my case, the tall girls were more successful 😀

  5. corina says:

    I LOVE the shoe advice 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      And I LOVE your hat 🙂

  6. Jamie Dedes says:

    Darling! … and I love Channel 5 too!

    1. aardvarkian says:

      I think the only advice I’d give my younger self is not to start smoking.

      1. theonlycin says:

        Don’t smoke and always wear good perfume 🙂

  7. I’ve dreamed so many times of giving advice to myself somehow, back down the line of time. I’ve dreamed of taking this old, creaky brain back to my highschool days to relieve myself of some of the trauma, but I wonder if it would have worked? I’d like to think myself smart enough to take good advice, when I think back on it, I don’t believe I ever did.

    Loved the post, Cin.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sadly, I doubt that I’d have taken the advice.
      Thanks Rik.

  8. nrhatch says:

    Loved this!

    Of course, who we are today is a product of the choices we made yesterday . . . all of them.

    There are few things I’ve done in life that I would change. They brought me to where I am now. A good place to be.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Fair comment Nancy 🙂

  9. gospelwriter says:

    I loved reading this – think I remembering doing something like it some years ago, will have to look for it…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh please do find it 🙂

  10. slpmartin says:

    Nice to have a conversation with self every now and then I think…thanks for sharing yours with us.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Night night, sleep tight Charles 😀

  11. buttercup600 says:

    Hmmm…Red shoes, Chanel No 5…Merlot…my twin perhaps? Love you xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Separated at birth 😀

  12. Naomi says:

    Delightfully done, Cindy…thanks for the chuckle! With you about the bra – especially with all those hours of aerobics – oh and I’d tell myself to listen to my Mom about sunscreen 🙂

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