Dear younger Livi,
Don’t expect to have everything figured out by the time you’re 18. Better yet, stop associating age with certain milestones all together – from your 23 year old self, I can safely say this life so far has not gone to plan and now I wouldn’t have it any other way! Learn to embrace the excitement of new, unplanned opportunities that come your way and don’t be afraid to say YES to them if you want to.
I must start by saying, your education is SO important and shouldn’t be sacrificed for extra-curricular activities but please don’t let life pass you by whilst you’re in school, university or even a job when you finally get there (you do, I promise).
“Having a packed schedule can be tiring but trust me, it will be so worth it”
Sport clubs, courses, coaching – these not only look good on paper (yes, one day you will have a CV) but this is also where you will meet some of the best friends in your life.
Embracing the parts of life that didn’t fit your plan is an important lesson for education too. You will be asked to make certain decisions, such as your GCSE subjects, that you should give careful consideration to but remember that not everyone gets it right first time and you can still enjoy it, and be successful, even if it’s wasn’t your original plan. Your sixth form plan vs the reality will be entirely different – you’ll plan to go to your school’s sixth form, but they won’t offer graphic design (which you’ll soon learn is your favourite subject). You’ll also plan to take A-Level Maths, but by your 3rd lesson you’ll realise it isn’t for you and will swap to Business Studies. Despite this journey looking entirely different from how we planned, it pushed me to achieve grades to get me into a top 5 UK university, become a Course Rep and make amazing friends along the way. The most important part – I wouldn’t change a thing.
Looking at new opportunities in a positive light also applies to your career journey. When we were really little we wanted to be a Ballerina, Florist & Writer all at once (on review now, that was a little optimistic). You’ll soon realise you want to work in a creative industry but you’ll change disciplines a lot with thoughts of becoming a Graphic Designer, Architect, lllustrator & right now, I’m working in Marketing. Who knows, our career path might change many more times in this life time and that’s nothing to be ashamed of, in fact I’m excited to see where this journey takes us next! Trust the process, your destiny will find you.
You got this girl. Lots of love,
Your older (& hopefully wiser) self x