Dear Younger Me: Samya

This article was first published in May 2021.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. As we grow up, we learn from our mistakes, develop our personalities and discover who we are. If we were to write a letter of advice to our younger self, what would we tell them? What do we know now that we wish we knew then? What have we learned?

For this series of thought-provoking films, we asked eighteen young people to write a letter to their younger selves. This is Dear Younger Me.

You can truly do whatever you set your mind to, you just have to have the courage to let yourself believe it.

Samya tells herself that she doesn't need to follow other people's timelines. In this Dear Younger Me, Samya says that she is so much more than academic performance – she can do whatever she sets her mind to as long as she has the courage to let herself believe it. Samya tells herself to let herself feel – the good and the bad – and to let her emotions guide her.

If you need support

You should always tell someone about the things you’re worried about. You can tell a friend, parent, guardian, teacher, or another trusted adult. If you're struggling with your mental health, going to your GP can be a good place to start to find help. Your GP can let you know what support is available to you, suggest different types of treatment and offer regular check-ups to see how you’re doing.

If you’re in need of in-the-moment support you can contact Childline, where you can speak to a counsellor. Their lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There are more links to helpful organisations on BBC Action Line.

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