Would Young Me Like Me Now? (A Birthday Post)

Would Young Me Like Me Now? (A Birthday Post)

If you’re reading this on the day I published it, I am officially 21!  Though I’m sure that my day of friends, family, drinking and fun will be all over my Instagram, it got me thinking a lot about who I’ve become.  My 10-year-old self had a very clear-cut idea of how she wanted to be at 21.  As a born organisation freak, I had mood boards, diary entries and sketched pictures depicting her.  She was confident, cool, and a sum of all my young aspirations.  So, I have to question, have I become her?  Would 10-year-old Jas like this current version of me?

 

So what did young Jas want?

Like the current version of me, she sure liked to write.  Subsequently, the list goes on forever.  However, there definitely is a few things she was sure about.  21-year-old me was supposed to have…

Straight, dyed hair with a fringe

The straight hair was the result of western beauty standards,and also the desire to look like my mum.  As I got older, I came to love my hair texture, but it has massively changed over time.  At the moment, it exhibits around 4 different textures when dried naturally, and one of those is straight.  Plus, I straighten it a lot of the time.  So, I’m going to count that as a win.  When it comes to the dyed part, I also delivered!  Granted, she wanted red streaks in her hair, and I chose to opt for a subtle dark-brown to chocolate-brown gradient.  However, I’ve decided it still counts.  Let’s be real, red streaks were not exactly a choice that was going to follow me to adulthood.

As for the fringe… Honey, you tried that in sixth form.  It was not a good choice.  Trust me, I’m better off without it.

A published book

Okay, this is still a pipe dream for me.  I have fully written novels, but haven’t done much with them because, well, life took over. However, young me has no need to fear, I’m still working on it!  One day, young one.  One day.  (Also, if it helps, you get paid to write on the internet sometime, so that’s pretty cool too!)

A boyfriend

10-year-old me was convinced she’d be an adult with a boyfriend by the time she was 21.  Although I don’t place as much importance on relationships anymore, I do have one.  So, I guess 10-year-old Jas can be happy with that.

A cool best friend

I went through primary school never really having a best friend.  I wasn’t a loner, and people did like me, but I didn’t really have anyone I could go to with my problems.  I like to think that the Universe saw this and decided to overcompensate in adulthood.  I have such a large number of people I could go to with absolutely anything now!  I have quite a few friends that will check up on me randomly like a best friend would.  I am so amazingly lucky with the friends I have, and I do not know how I became so lucky.  Congrats young Jas, you overdid this one.

A perfect body

Oh honey.  Those don’t exist.  Your body could definitely be better, but you’re a lot better at realising that you can’t be so hard on yourself anymore.  (Also, isn’t it sad that was already on my mind at 10 years old? Ugh, I hate the emphasis we put on attractiveness).

 

So, would she like me now?

I like to think that 10-year-old Jas would be pretty proud of me.  Honestly, I’m proud of myself now.   I’ve done a lot of growing in the past couple of years, and I’m starting to really like the person I’ve become.  For someone who’s pretty lacking in self-confidence, that really means a lot.  It’s interesting to see where my priorities were as a 10-year-old.  A lot of my goals (Boyfriend, hair, body) were to do with what I was seeing on TV, and where the media placed value and worth.  I like to think that, at this age, I have a sturdier head on my shoulders and am aware that these aren’t the most important things in the world.  I definitely prioritise different things now, but I think young me would be okay with that.

Young Jas actually had quite a few of her dreams achieved, and to think that I made those happen is great.  They may have been small, and they may have been superficial, but I’ve become a person that my young self would be proud of.  And that’s all I can ask for.

 

Apologies for the sappiness, but what else could you expect from me on my birthday?  would your young self like current you?  Let me know in the comments!

Lots of love,

Jas xx

 

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    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 9, 2018 / 10:53 pm

      Thank you!

      Jas xx

  1. September 6, 2018 / 6:02 pm

    The point about media influencing your goals is really interesting actually, not something I would’ve noticed if you hadn’t pointed it out, but it shows a lot. It’s weird how even 10 years ago before the internet was big this was something kids still picked up on. Hope you had a great birthday btw!!

    Megan // https://pixieskiesblog.wordpress.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 9, 2018 / 10:58 pm

      Yeah, looking back on it I found it really interesting too! Thank you, I had a very good birthday!

      Jas xx | https://thoughtsfromjasmine.co.uk

  2. Oprah Simpson
    September 6, 2018 / 6:47 pm

    Hey Jasmine, I’m really happy that most importantly you are currently happy with who you are. Happy 21st Birthday, may you go on to make yourself proud and be the best version of you.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 9, 2018 / 11:05 pm

      Awww thank you so much!

      Jas xx

  3. September 6, 2018 / 10:33 pm

    Happy 21st birthdaaaaay! I love this post, it’s such a different angle to take! I think my younger self would be proud of me (i hope!), as I’ve done a lot of growing up also!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 9, 2018 / 11:07 pm

      Awww thank you, I wanted to do something a little bit different! Yayyy glad to hear that your younger self would be proud of you too!

      Jas xx

  4. September 7, 2018 / 4:06 am

    Such a great post! I didn’t even think of the person id become in the future.

    And happy bday! Hope you had fun💖🎂

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 9, 2018 / 11:08 pm

      Thank you so much, and I’m glad that you enjoyed it!

      Jas xx

  5. September 7, 2018 / 4:08 am

    I always love reading comparison posts between your current self and your past self. It’s great that you loved your hair texture as you got older. It’s okay when life takes over – it’s not too late to publish that book! Hehe, hey, it’s better to be happy and single than to be in a relationship and upset. We all have expectations that is actually far from reality – though, it doesn’t hurt to try!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 9, 2018 / 11:09 pm

      Thanks so much Nancy, you always leave the loveliest comments! Yeah, I reckon I’ll still work on publishing that book 😉

      Jas xx

  6. September 7, 2018 / 2:14 pm

    I definitely think she would be very proud of you. And don’t worry about the book–I had my first novel published last year. It will happen for you!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 9, 2018 / 11:23 pm

      Awwww thank you so much! Yeah, I’m still working on that novel 😉

      Jas xx

  7. September 9, 2018 / 6:04 pm

    This is such a cute post!! I’m so glad you think that younger you would be proud ☺️ it’s something I’ve never put a lot of thought into as the path I thought my life would go in has been flipped so many bloody times I’m not sure whether I’m coming or going at the moment, haha! But the crap things really do make you a better person and it’s so nice to read that you value yourself and are comfortable ☺️ I hope you’ve had the best time celebrating!
    Alice Xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 9, 2018 / 11:40 pm

      Thank you so much Alice! Yeah, I can imagine that you’ve really been all over the place, hopefully that will be rectified soon! It’s fine not knowing where you’re going next, and if you ask me, you’re on a pretty great path 😉

      Jas xx

  8. September 9, 2018 / 7:32 pm

    This was such a fun post to read through and really interesting to see how much you fit the criteria of what your 10 year old self would have wanted! x

    Han | lifewithhan.blog

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 9, 2018 / 11:41 pm

      Yeah, I found it interesting too!

      Jas xx

  9. September 13, 2018 / 6:18 pm

    This is such a lovely post Jas, if I did this myself I’d no doubt get pretty emotional. Honestly, I can’t remember 10 year old me. But I do remember 17 year old me and I’d be rolling my eyes at myself if I could see me now. I’m absolutely nothing like what I hoped I’d be like unfortunately things definitely didn’t go to plan for me! (I’d already commented on the post you shared with Teacup Club so I found one I haven’t commented on yet!) xxx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 13, 2018 / 8:37 pm

      It doesn’t matter that you’re different than what 17 year old you wanted, it’s all a part of growth 😉 I personally would be very proud of myself if I’m anywhere near where you are by 26!

      Jas xx

  10. September 15, 2018 / 9:08 pm

    I don’t know how I didn’t see this sooner!! This is such a good post idea! I loved reading every little bit of this. 10 year old me always wanted deep chocolatey coloured hair and bedded my mum to dye it. She also begged my mum to let her shave her arms? Needless to say, I never won that battle as a kid. As a natural blonde I’m quite happy I resisted the urge to dye (although I still love darker hair) and she’d be pleased to know that I no longer have arm hair. I’m not sure how happy she’d be with the rest of my life. I was a very headstrong child so I’m sure she’d disapprove of the fact I strayed from my original path. It put such a huge smile on my face when you said you thought she’d be proud of you now. She should be! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 15, 2018 / 10:58 pm

      Awwww thank you so much for your lovely comment Sophie. I’m glad that older you got the hairless arms that kid you dreamed of, my mum also wouldn’t let me shave my arms as a child, how weird! I feel like kids are definitely more headstrong, but as we grow, we learn that plans change and that’s okay!

      Jas xx

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