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Dear Me - A Letter To My 21-Year-Old Self

Read Mary's letter to her 21-year-old self, and see what lessons life she would give her younger self all those years ago.

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Posted 11 March 2014
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Dear Me - A Letter To My 21-Year-Old Self

What lessons would you teach your younger self?

In the latest issue of our Life & Living magazine we asked three readers to go back in time and write a letter to their 21-year-old selves.

What guidance, help or comfort would they give themselves? Have age and wisdom changed everything they once believed, or are they still basically the same? Here’s Mary’s story…

P.S 'You will live to see a far kinder world'

Mary Jacob, 83, lives with her husband Jake in Solihull, West Midlands

When Mary married Jake at the age of 18, her family was horrified and refused to attend. The year was 1948, Mary was white and Jake was black, and the UK was a long way from being a multicultural society. Mary and Jake endured enormous difficulties, finding a place to live was virtually impossible, racial abuse a daily occurrence. But they worked hard and struggled on. Sixty-five years later, they are still happily married. So what advice would Mary give to her younger self...? 

Letter To My 21-Year-Old-Self

Tell us - what want to know what one thing would you tell yourself?

Enter your words of wisdom in the comment section below. 

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