For the two weeks until the election I will be posting an open letter every day using the prompts from CAPTAINEVERLAND to provide something nice at a time of heightened conflict and division.
Dear even younger Alessia,
It’s yourself with 18 years of insight but still not having given up on the idea of marrying Tom DeLonge (even if he has been married for 16 years already…).
Two weeks ago I wrote to your slightly older self, so I don’t think I need to warn you about what is going to happen in the 13 years that follow being 15. What I have left is the 5 years that precedes it.
In the summer you’ll be at a summer camp with two Californian pop-punk aficionados who’ll introduce you to the existence of your future husband (as above) and shape your music taste for the best part of the next decade, before your new big love will be someone with a Sheffield accent called Alex Turner. Then you’ll also start to dress less like a more fashionable version of Avril Lavigne before she became a fashionable version of herself, and more like you still do today, as you are still an indie kid at heart. By the age of 18 your dream will be to move to London and be with all the bands, but then you’ll move to London and spend your time out knocking on doors with politicians, which isn’t half as glamorous.
Your parents are going through a bit of a hard time right now, and they are at each other’s throats all the time…it’s not going to change too much, and your attempts to ask them to just divorce will fail. So maybe instead of worrying so much about your baby brother (he’ll be fine eventually, you should see him now! All handsome and fashionable and your best friend is madly in love with him), you can try and forget about it. You have a great imagination, and Harry Potter is just coming out. I’m sorry you don’t have that many friends, and are bullied, it would help make things better if you could be happy. Still, you’re going to survive, and one day you will have friends.
Speaking of Harry Potter, you’re a Slytherin. I’m warning you in advance that it’s a fixed point in time and can’t be changed. This is a Doctor Who reference, you’ll learn that in good time too. The books try to portray it as a bad thing, but remember they are from the point of view of Harry after being convinced by his biased friends, and as soon as the series goes on it’ll all be revealed. I’m not going to spoil it to you, but your favourite character by the time of book 6 will be one you’d have never imagined. I believe Rory will be spoiling it in the comments so don’t read the comments. Read the books and love the books and become the great woman that you are in adulthood, if i may say so myself.
Your older self