Looking back on 2014 this is what I wish I could have told myself on January 1st as the New Year was rung-in. Does anyone else have a letter they’d like to share? I would love to hear about the life lessons and experiences you’ve gained.
You don’t know it yet but this year is a game changer. You will start off with a boyfriend and end up with a fiancé. While the relationship dynamic won’t change there’s a ‘je ne sais quoi’ about knowing outright that the man you love will be there until you’re old. Talking about relationships, that long-distance thing you’ve been doing has to stop. You’ve been with him longer apart than together in the same country and no job is worth the sacrifice. Your boss will support you moving back to London, but he will also also snidely tell you to just go off and have children then, if your relationship is so damn important. Laugh it off, you won’t be working there much longer.
That job will give you experiences, which you will be telling your grandchildren about. Remember the Syria emergency meeting in Brussels where everyone else was male and at least twice your age? One man will ask who that diplomat was, you’ll loudly say “William Hague”, and finally feel worth your salt. At pressers fellow journalists will often ask what news agency you are doing your internship for but once you tell them your new London job title they’ll back off.(That’s Obama and it’ll be the highlight of 2014 producing this press event. You’ll also meet David Cameron and interview a Normandy war veteran.)
No one will quite believe that at your age you have taken on so much responsibility and once you quit, most future employers won’t either. Just work incredibly hard and they’ll soon understand that age has never defined your abilities.
Talking about work, your blog will be worth the hours of photographing, writing and editing, so please keep at it even when those niggling doubts creep in.
By the end of the year you’ll have attracted enough visitors to fill the Sydney Opera House concert hall five times over, be proud of that statistic, and don’t be embarrassed to let people know that. Finally, stop overanalysing what might or might not happen in 2015 and don’t forget that there is no such thing as luck, it’s just a combination of opportunity and practice. So keep studying as your education will be never ending, keep blogging as success isn’t a reward for the lazy and learn to forgive those you love more easily.
P.S. You’re kinda fabulous as you are.