What would you tell your 16-year-old self?

Back of the above 1905 card

Throughout life we gather so much life experience… so it would be interesting to ponder what you would advise yourself with all that acquired wisdom.

I read in a magazine  about such a project where older women were asked to write a few lines to their 16-year-old self. So what would I tell my 16-year-old self… here are a few thoughts that came to my mind…

“Follow your passions and focus on what ‘blows your dress up!’ Don’t feel you can never change your path. Keep feeding your creative energy, start doing yoga every day, have an annual health checkup, send Christmas cards and realise it is OK to sometimes let old friendships go as it makes space for amazing new ones.”

I always loved art and started my career as a secondary school art teacher before realising it wasn’t for me and after a few turns and twists (including a year in Lismore) ended up  very happy at the Rural Women’s Network in Orange.

Christmas card, ca. 1880 Featured on the Minne...Lismore City Council is doing a similar project and inviting anyone over 50 years of age (I now qualify!) to participate in a local postcard project and exhibition. You can create a postcard from a blank card or if you are a local you can use one of their ready-made postcards to write some words of wisdom to yourself as a 16-year-old.  The postcards will be exhibited in the Lismore during Seniors Week, 18 – 25 March 2012 and Youth Week, 13 – 22 April.

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NSW Rural Women’s Network is a government program working in innovative ways to promote leadership and action on rural women’s issues. The RWN team is dedicated to connecting and exchanging information with women and stakeholders in rural, regional and remote communities.
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