Mental Health

A letter to my former self

October 2006

Dear Reneé,

You really are a mess my girl. Yes yes we all know how much you’ve been through, but the antics are getting a little tiresome and difficult to forgive. Your family are gone, you’ve mourned them for long enough and it is time to move forwards.

Although you have no clarity right now, very soon you will start to see things clearly. You’ll come to realise what you need to do to turn it all around. The keepers in your life will forgive you, and eventually you will forgive yourself.

It’s time to start being kind to your poor abused body and mind my dear. Cherish those wonderful people who’ve proved themselves worthy of a place in your life. Have faith that he will come back.

As with most things time will be the best and truest healer. You have a big bright future ahead, you just need to get through the next bit. This too shall pass.

We’re all rooting for you, you just can’t see that right now xxx

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  1. mummytries says:

    Thanks so much for your lovely comment Vicky. I don’t think I would have listened if I’m honest – I needed to go through the process of hitting rock bottom to make me wake up and realise what I needed to do to turn it all around xx

  2. This is beautifully put. I wish I could send letters back to the past me as well – things would have been so different but, then, I wouldn’t be who I am now! Thank you for linking to Prose for Thought xx

  3. mummytries says:

    Thanks lovely xx

  4. mummytries says:

    It really would be Jane!

  5. Amazing how much can change in such a relatively short space of time! You should be proud of how far you’ve come – even without being able to read this letter at the time 🙂 xx

  6. A great letter, it’s a shame we really can’t send letters back to our past selves to tell us to keep going, or even get rid of that time waster boyfriend #ThePrompt

  7. mummytries says:

    Thank you so much lovely xx

  8. mummytries says:

    Eight years ago, and it really does feel like a lifetime xx

  9. mummytries says:

    It really does. It took me a long time to learn patience, but with it came the realisation that everything passes if you give it enough time xx

  10. mummytries says:

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but wouldn’t life be dull if we got it perfect every time?

  11. mummytries says:

    Thanks so much!

  12. mummytries says:

    We really should be kinder to ourselves xx

  13. mummytries says:

    Ahhh what a lovely thing to say, thanks Sian xx

  14. mummytries says:

    No premonitions hon, just the ultimate wake up call known as ‘rock bottom’!!

  15. mummytries says:

    To be completely honest my lovely, I wouldn’t have listened to her… I needed to hit rock bottom to make me realise what had to be done to turn it all around… sad but true xx

  16. mummytries says:

    Thank you so much! If only eh?!

  17. Beautiful words and thoughts. If only we could all receive such a letter, when we needed it most. Lovely idea.

  18. Although I feel sad for younger Reneé I feel so happy for you now – this says it all about how far you’ve come. If only you REALLY could have had this letter then eh? But you got there even without the wise words of your future self! #the prompt

  19. Such a heartfelt message and powerful words.

  20. Thanks so much for linking to #ThePrompt xx

  21. The funny thing about this letter is that you managed to do it all without a memo from the future – (unless you had a premonition mind you – I know you’ve mentioned visiting a clairvoyant before!). Xx

  22. Lovely letter, makes me so happy you are where you are now xx

  23. We should all be a bit kinder to our younger selves. Most of us have regrets but life is all about making mistakes and learning from them. That’s how we are able to grow, in mind as well as body.
    You sound like you’ve come a long way.
    An emotional and beautifully written post. X

  24. Ah, yes, the wisdom of hindsight, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we were able to reassure our younger selves that things would work out? I wonder if we would listen? So glad you’re joining in, will pop back in the morning 🙂

  25. I love the phase this too shall pass it can make situation seem so much better. xx

  26. Beautiful letter – you really have come so far and moved on so much x

  27. Wow very heartfelt letter full of emotion. You’ve come so so far xx written so well.

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