Today I am thirty.
There is so much I wish to tell fifteen-year-old me.
Things like – you won’t make it. It’s all a lie. Your dreams are just a shattered mirror on the floor. Don’t fool yourself sweetie, aim for something smaller, easier.
Don’t be stupid.
Don’t be an idiot.
Hah, hah – that marriage thing.
Well, guess what kiddo, you’re going to be thirty and pretty much the embodiment of Rapunzel stuck in a Tower.
I don’t feel like I have really “achieved” anything in my twenties. I feel like I am a burden on my parents. I feel like I am a waste of resources to the world. I feel aimless, plotless, useless.
And yet, for the past few months I have been asking myself “What?”
“What, just WHAT am I supposed to BE doing?”
There is NOTHING to do.
My Dad said to me the other day while I was in one of my moods. “Without a career, husband or kids, what is a woman to do?”
I answered, “Nothing, we do utterly nothing.”
(Dear feminists, don’t take this as a challenge or anything, this was a hypothetical question that my Dad and I were discussing, we do this often. Please don’t shoot me with fiery darts from hell.)
So then, I remembered something my Dad also told me quite
often, “No one ever really achieves anything in life. We all live mundane lives
in a mundane world. We live, we die.”
He wasn’t meaning it to be discouraging, on the contrary, he was meaning it to
be uplifting – and it is – in a manner of speaking. Life is made up of the nothingness – like the universe is
formed of dark matter, or some mumbo, jumbo like that.
It is the mundane moments that gradually fold together, the little moments,
those precious little moments, that become the long string that is LIFE. The repetitive
motions you do every day – waking up, eating breakfast, going to work, smiling
at people in the street, talking to family, not talking to family, going for
walks, watching tele. It all gradually forms a mosaic. It’s the coloured pieces
of that mosaic that eventually clustered together to become something
Often we think of life as the HUGE big moments.
Marriages, and holidays, Christmases and buying houses – the big things that
tend to be events.
But it’s the bits in-between those big events that truly craft us into the
people we are.
I still have utterly no idea where I am going in life.
I have no idea what direction I am supposed to be taking.
I feel like a lost girl, struggling to find her way in the woods, stumbling
over broken branches. I don’t know the way forward into whatever terrifying darkness
that is ahead – that future before me – I am so scared, I am so afraid of what unknown
lies before me.
I don’t know what to do. I don’t even feel like I have a lantern
to direct me.
But I’m just going to keep stumbling forward.
Keep trusting that somewhere, somehow, I’ll find my way home.
That the nothingness will turn into somethingness. That the moments I’ve
gathered into a mosaic have already formed a beautiful piece of art.
I have incredible parents, amazing siblings – a family that is
supportive and loving – I’ve travelled abit, I’ve got friends across the world
thanks to the internet, I’ve had adventures I never thought possible thanks to
I am so grateful to the community that has gathered around my stories, to the fans
and friends I have found in my journey to become an author.
I have a house – a house I love – a house I look forward to someday making into
a home with a husband and kids.
I still have dreams, hopes, and a future ahead.
I’m only 30.
So, fifteen-year-old Kylie – it’s going to be okay. You’re
in a bad place. You’re in a really, really bad place right now, but, you’re
going to survive. Things get better. You pull through. You make 30. I know you
don’t think that’s possible – but congratulations, we did it! WE DID IT!
Perhaps, don’t be so hard on yourself. Don’t think you’re
fat when you’re obviously not. Wear that pretty brown dress like you’re a
queen, cause, girl, you’re only going to be size 12 for like, three years.
Don’t listen to women who tell you that you have ‘so much time,’ because,
apparently we don’t.
Also, that whole there is ‘a lot of fish in the sea’ – yeah – about that…
The headaches are going to get worse before they get better, but, GOOD NEWS, they
get better, you can look forward to that.
Finally, sweetie, don’t take life so seriously.
Really, really, enjoy yourself.
Watch your anime. Dance to your songs. Write your stories. Play games.
Someday you’re going to be a thirty-year-old woman who is a little bit more cynical