I have one last letter to my YA self to share before I hand the reins back to Krystal. Krystal has returned to earth after a well-deserved vacation.
My turn now… I’m Jade Hart, author of soon to be published New Adult novel SAMSARA, a story which turns Gods and Goddesses into flesh and blood, flawed characters and puts a twist on an ever-lasting love story and amnesia.
(Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of me younger. L )
Dear 14-year-old Jade,
I’m writing to you from a happy place, a place in the future where your dreams have come true and your life-path directed you to a man who is your perfect puzzle piece. I know all your deepest secrets, and all the feelings of insecurity and unsureness. I want to give you some pearls of wisdom from myself to yourself.
Leaving Hong Kong at 13 was hard. It shattered you. Your life: full of heat, animals and friends was ripped away and replaced with freezing weather and even colder friends. Your parent’s marriage crumbled and life sucked the second you touched down in New Zealand. I’m here to tell you that it isn’t that bad. Don’t stress that no-one at school likes you. They’re jealous that you’re exotic and different. Don’t try to act out; don’t pretend to fit in with rebellious crowd, and DON’T stoop to their level and do drugs. In a few short years you will have the guts to say NO. To say: I don’t need this soul-crushing hatred from students who don’t matter. I don’t need this crap education that New Zealand schools are terrible at providing. You will grow the balls to say NO to your father and to go on your own path.
I’m here to say. YES. Drop out of school, go on that Travel and Tourism course and get distinctions in all subjects. YES. Become an air hostess – the youngest ever at 17. YES. Save every penny you earn so that when you turn 18 you can jump on a jet-plane and head to Sydney, Australia.
I don’t want you to change ANYTHING. You were true to your heart and didn’t let anyone push you from your path. Stay on your journey and you will find the man who is your perfect other. Together you accomplish everything you put your mind to and more. You move countries a lot, you start businesses and sell them, you renovate houses together, and most importantly you work side by side on your passions and dreams.
Together you are unstoppable and you are exactly where you need to be in 2012. The future is bright and your book is soon to be published. You couldn’t be happier.
Love, your 27 year old self.
What a beautiful and uplifting way to end the series. Thank you for this, "I don’t want you to change ANYTHING. You were true to your heart and didn’t let anyone push you from your path." No regrets. I love it!