Oh Boy! I had a fun time trying to decide how to write this post… what to spill and what not to spill so as to keep you wondering.
If you haven’t read this book, I suggest you do, it’s a must read. I came across it while browsing the book shops in the middle of Christmas shopping with hubby and when he noticed I became engrossed in the first couple of pages he offered to buy it for me as part of my Christmas gift. After all, it did intrigue him also.
It’s like stepping into a time shell of some 30, 40, 50 and even 60 plus years of not only the rich and famous, but best selling authors, dishy doctor, film directors, comedians and even an Archbishop, along with Actors, and pop stars. We are treated to a unique insight of their lives and thoughts, resulting in a moving, sometimes tearful, uplifting and often hilarious read, dotted with young pictures of themselves, some typed others hand written with cross outs and all!
Sir Ranulph Fiennes starts his with …”Since you’re 16, please accept this letter purely as it’s meant…friendly advice on being “an adult”, the next stage up from “teenager” which begins with some folk when they’re 60.….” And then proceeds to list these, with the first being… Take a bath or shower as often as possible.
Jackie Collins starts….”At 16 you know a lot – maybe too much!! You are a wild child ready to try anything once. But fortunately you are street smart and wary of horny old men (30, 40) on the make….”
Joanna Lumley’s advice to herself is cute… “Volunteer for everything because that way lies adventure…”
Julie Goodyear’s “Look at you-so confident-so insecure-so cocky-so very shy…” leads to some very strong advice.
Julian Clary’s “it’s hard to swallow, but in a few years time you will swann around in black rubber consuming men like After Eight Mints”
And there are the moving four pages from Stephen Fry.
I resonated with the moving thoughts and advice of Jane Fonda and Julia Sawalha.
And so the list goes on from Emma Thompson and Yoko Ono to Will Young and Rosanne Cash, the amazing Hayley Mills, Debbie Harry, Denise Lewis and Edmund White….to name just a few.
The idea of the book and compilation was Joseph Galliano, a freelance writer and editor, published by Simon and Schuster, and it serves to raise funds for Sir Elton John’s Aids Foundation and Doctors with no Boarders, (Elton’s letter to himself is within the foreword).
Here also is a website for the book:…http://www.dearme.org/readersletter/
I wonder! If you sat down and took a moment to think of what you would write to your young selves back then, or if you came face to face with your sixteen year old you!
What would you say, what advice would you give, would you have predicted your life to have turned out the way it did?
Interesting isn’t it?
What would your letter be to your Sixteen-year-old Self? I would love it if your comment consisted of one specific piece of advice you would give yourself!
This could be fun!