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  • Dear 18-year-old Mandy, stop trying to be somebody else, being Mandy is enough.

  • I was always trying to be Mandy the singer, Mandy the actress, Mandy the bodybuilder.

  • It was never enough to just be me. I always felt the need to be something else for everybody else.

  • Ignore what other people think of you; I would just beat myself up inside constantly.

  • It was things like they hate you, they're staring at you, they don't like what you're wearing.

  • I was just a mess and I was ill, I just didn't know I needed help.

  • My relationship with my husband brought me so much happiness, but ultimately it couldn't save me from my own thoughts and destruction.

  • You'll go through a lot of tragedy in a short space of time.

  • My marriage had ended, I was involved in a fire, my pet cat died in the fire, Joy.

  • And I lost all of my belongings; I had to start again.

  • Overnight your life will change forever.

  • I reached breaking point; I felt totally empty; I felt like nobody saw me.

  • I just wanted to disappear so I just started running; I started running towards the bridge.

  • I wanted to take my own life.

  • I was then admitted to hospital, I finally got the help I needed; I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

  • I started on medication and I started writing a blog which kind of documented my road to recovery.

  • It's become a real community, a real supportive community.

  • And part of the kind of overall project is this exercise to write a letter to 18-year-old you.

  • And I found it a really really therapeutic experience.

  • We've had hundreds come in from lawyers, doctors, students, young mums, all doing the same exercise and all getting different things from it.

  • I think that there's something different for everybody to be gained from sitting down and reflecting and writing to you at 18.

  • Some of the women who have written in to me get together and take to the streets to share their own messages of empowerment.

  • We hand out flowers to strangers to help them feel seen and empowered too.

  • If I can help others with my own journey then what s not to love?

  • My best bit of advice to 18-year-old Mandy? Don't hide parts of yourself from the world.

  • The world needs those parts, trust yourself enough to fly.

Dear 18-year-old Mandy, stop trying to be somebody else, being Mandy is enough.

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Letter To My 18-Year-Old-Self: Self Therapy

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    Jessieeee posted on 2019/04/27
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