getting older

i’m going to write todays post in the form of a letter i’ve written to myself as a child.

” dear Alan…

if i’m going to be honest, being grown up is overrated. i’m not going to give you too much guidance – there are things that you’ll need to learn the hard way, through experience. it will get hard…but you’ll manage just fine. things will get a bit lonely, but you’ll make some good friends over the years, and they’ll stand you in good stead. i wish what i had to say could be a bit more encouraging, but like i’ve already said – you’ll manage, you’ll be fine.

you’ll secretly be proud of the way you turn out.

behave yourself, and don’t let the bastards grind you down.

from You, aged 29. ”


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