Monday, 17 December 2007

Tags and Blawards (blog awards, my new word)

I haven't been writing here much which means I've been catching up on Christmas, trying to get out of my Bah Humbug mood, and trying to get over my shoulder pain. I'm sort of achieving all three.

So to catch up: The lovely Pixie has awarded me the Best Blogging Buddies award. I love the design of this award as much as its meaning. A year ago I never knew anything about the blogging world or how it could open up a whole new world of friendship and thought to me. But it has. Now I must pass it on to 7 other blogging buddies. I nominate Queeny, Kaycie, Laurie, Kelly, Flowerpot, Debio, and Lady M.

I've also been tagged by DJ Kirby.

I'm supposed to:
1. Link back to the person who tagged me. DJ, I'm not sure this will be easy. In fact it's going to be bloody difficult.

2. Imagine you could send a letter back in time to yourself, when you were 13 years old, what would you write to yourself?

3. Tag 5 people to inflict this on.

Dear Wakeup:

You have just become a teen-ager. Congratulations! You will be a somewhat difficult teen-ager, but it won't all be your fault. In two years you will grow up in many ways, many ways that just won't be that necessary. You will experiment with drink and drugs. You will be very susceptible to the opposite sex, particularly when you mix the drink and drugs. Your parents will cause you much heartache and sorrow through their own selfish needs. Your teens won't be your best years; you will make a lot of duff choices, but you will learn from your mistakes.

In your 20s you will start to enjoy yourself more and become more confident. You will discover ambition and career. This will take over your life and will cost you a marriage. But it won't have been a good marriage anyway.

As you enter your 30s you will worry that you will never have what you want most in life -- a family and stable marriage. Don't fear. Happiness is around the corner for you. By your mid-30s you will have achieved your family goals with a husband and two children, and career and ambition will take a back seat for the foreseeable future. Becoming a parent will help heal the hurts inflicted on you by your parents when you were 15-18. You will move to states and countries that you never even dreamed of doing at 13.

Your 40s will be, if not an awesome decade, at least a comfortable one. You will mature in many ways, including a menopause that sneaks up on you. At 47 you will grieve for the loss of what you considered your womanhood, something that had been with you every month since you were 9. But HRT will replace that, at least until you're 50. Physically, you will be both at your best and worst. You will have the time, energy, and desire to improve your fitness. You will overdo it, though, and end up with injuries.

As you approach 50 and look back at the girl who was 13, you will recall tears, fears, but also laughter and joy. For you are and always will be a person who feels all the emotions that are out there, and you should never be ashamed of that.

And now I have to tag five people, and those five people are Darth Sardonicus, Jenny, crystal jigsaw, Pixie, and VI (for when she has a chance while in Australia or when she gets back).


Anonymous said...

Great post. Thanks for the tag, I will get it done hopefully this week. You have done a lot in your life but it has all led to happiness I hope.

Crystal xx

laurie said...

wow, thanks for the cutest award i've ever seen!

and re your comment on hack--i know what you mean about wanting to be 21 again. but really, i'd only want to be 21 again if i could be as smart as i am now. i was really, really, really stupid when i was 21. i mean really stupid.

(at some point i will blog about the boyfriend i had back then. suffice it to say that my friend katy named him after a Talking Heads song. "Psycho Killer.")

laurie said...

ps and that is one great letter. i bet the 13-year-old you would have listened. don't you?

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

CJ: Yes, in general it has led to happiness.

laurie: We all had bad boyfriends when we were 21. I'll write about mine if you write about yours.

I would hope the 13-year-old me would listen, but does any 13-year-old?

Pixie said...

Even though I won't do the tag, it having been done in my last post but one. Thank you for awarding it to me.
Good letter to your 13 year old. We have lots of parallels in our youth!

jenny said...

Thanks for the tag. I'll have to think about this one for a little bit and I'll let you know when I do it. I wonder if any 13-year old would listen.. but if held onto, I'd probably compare and see if the letter came true and then start to believe it and let it guide me.

laurie said...

hmmmm.... let me think about that.....

DJ Kirkby said...

What a marveloous letter! xo

Flowerpot said...

many thanks for teh award - a fascinating post. Er - where's the award? Am I blind?!!

Flowerpot said...

sorry - just seen it. early senility here....

Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!! said...

Thanks my dear. I shall try my best (my evenings aren't that busy, but are over the next 4, saying that, they are!)

Kaycie said...

That award is darling. Thanks so much, you're one of my bestest blogging buddies!

I love your letter. I think you're right though, I doubt any of us would have listened to our grown up selves at 13.

I totally want to hear the boyfriend stories. I might even have one or two of my own to tell.

Queeny said...

Thanks, kind lady. I looooove me some awards.

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

Pixie: I read your post actually and thought it was great. I just had a brain fart when I gave out the tag.

Jenny: Maybe you could write it for your girls for when they're 13.

DJ: Thanks, and thank you so much for tagging me.

flowerpot: I have it too (early senility, that is).

VI: You just concentrate on enjoying yourself (but I don't need to tell you that).

kaycie: Oh, the boyfriend stories. Yes, that could fill a post or two or three. You're one of my best blogging buddies too.

Queeny: And you deserve them too.

debio said...

Thank you for the award, wuastc. I, too, had no notion of the blogging world even a year ago and now feel I have made many friends - to say nothing of having learned a lot.

Love your letter; would that we had such vision at 13.....

lady macleod said...

Thank you for the award and thank you MORE for NOT tagging me on the teenager one! You are so good to me. I agree that it is amazing the friendships we make in cyber world, and they are just as real as the physical universe. It's a boon to me especially now. Thank you for being a Blogging Buddy.