Dear Future Me: whatever path you choose will be the right one

Ruby Story Dartford writes a letter to her future self...

Ruby Story Dartford
15th March 2021

If you are reading this in ten years’ time then if all goes to plan you will either be an award-winning journalist, working at either the BBC, ITV or another news outlet, or you would have taken the primary school teacher route. As hard as it may seem right now to pick, whatever path you eventually choose, will be the right one.

I hope that you are happy. I hope you’ve escaped Essex once again and ventured to a few new cities, did you ever go to Liverpool for your 21st? You’re still caught up on whether you want to live eventually in the north or the south, just know that whatever decision you made was the right one, (I really do hope you choose the North).

Be here now in the present. Ring mum and dad as much as possible, they won’t be here forever, and I know you often forget that. Try not to stress so much about money, it will always return, but time will not, so do the things you love without the worry of the cost. Buy that dress, book that holiday.

Comparison is the biggest thief of joy. Do not compare your life to that of others, you are where you need to be, everything has and will always work out exactly as it should. Enjoy the little things life has to offer, walks with the dogs, Sunday roast dinner.

The clubs, brunch, cuddles with friends, holidays, festivals, beach days, parties, enjoy it all. I hope if the pandemic has taught you anything, it is to embrace every moment and live as much as possible. I hope you love life and remember how fragile it is, and that the next few years are spent creating memories to last a lifetime.

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AUTHOR: Ruby Story Dartford
Journalist Student studying at Newcastle University.

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