Excerpt of JK Rowling's Foreword for "Dear Me: A Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self"
October 19, 2011, 10:35 PM
An excerpt of author JK Rowling's foreword to the upcoming book "Dear Me: A Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self" by Joseph Galliano has been published in USA Today.
In addition to the foreword, Ms. Rowling has also contributed a letter of her own along to her past self along with other notable actors, musicians, writers and athletes. Read the foreword below:
This is an extraordinary little book, based on a simple but wonderful
idea: What would you say to yourself if you came face-to-face with the
sixteen-year-old you? One of the many things that delighted and touched
me as I read the letters that follow is the commonality of our human
experience. Nearly everyone who wrote, whether their letter is jolly or
poignant, seems to have looked back on their younger selves with
compassion, remembering how vulnerable and dangerous an age sixteen is,
for all the fun and freedom it is supposed to entail.
The overwhelming message of this body of
letters seems to be: Be yourself. Be easier on yourself. Become
yourself, as fully as possible.
isolate those life lessons I could pass back to the girl I used to be
was a truly illuminating exercise. It made me look at my
seventeen-year-old daughter and remember, in a more powerful way than
ever before, just how raw and vivid life is for her, in a way that it
has been only intermittently for me as an adult. I would not go back to
sixteen for anything you could give me, and yet I still recognize that
she has something I have lost along the way—something I had to lose, to
You might have picked up this book
out of interest in some of the fascinating people who have contributed. I
don't think you will be disappointed. The great thing about these
letters is that they are extraordinarily revealing, whether short, long,
full of practical advice or metaphysical musings.
Whatever your motives in buying this book, thank you. One dollar a copy will benefit Doctors Without Borders.
let me urge you to use the blank pages at the end of the book to write
your own letter to yourself, aged sixteen. I think you'll find it just
as thought-provoking and worthwhile as we all did.
"Dear Me: A Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self" will be released on Oct. 25, 2011.
“Be easier on yourself. Become yourself, as fully as possible.”
Appreciation to JK Rowling, another great lesson for all of us.
That is a great lesson for all of us!
I agree with Gene ROAR 100%
Well, that’s another book I’m asking for this Christmas!
@Fleur-de- Lily okay you said you would stop copying and pasting people’s comments, which you have done but now you’re taking parts of their comments, which is just as annoying. Please stop because it’s a little silly tbh.
Anyway I probably won’t be getting this book (not just because I’m not even sixteen yet :D) but I’d probably only be interested in the foreword, which I’ve just read here :D
I’m buying that book.
I would say "Don’t worry, it all works out. You are stronger than you know. Always trust your instincts & your inner voice… & never build walls around your heart.
I love the idea of this book! JKR’s foreword is very moving. I agree with her about going back to sixteen – NO WAY. GB Shaw’s quote “youth is wasted on the young” is so true. Why couldn’t I have known what I know now when I was 16? Ah, life!
@Won_Two – I really like what you wrote!
It is so hard at that age, now that I look back to those years and realize the things that I thought were so important, really didn’t matter at all. I wish I had enjoyed the years of “no worries” more and not been so eager to grow up!
gonna get this
Interesting! I would love to have that! It’ll probably come in handy when I’m sixteen! xDD
I really like what she had to say and I will definitely buy the book. I also agree with her that I wouldn’t go back to being 16 for anything in the world. And yet, I’m not entirely unhappy with the person I was at 16, and there have been times in my life that I wished I had kept a little more of my 16 year old self as part of my adult self.
Lovely and enlightening as always. And I agree, I would never go back to 16, even though I enjoyed it at the time (mostly.) Things that came after were far too hard to want to repeat those years.
I would tell the 16-year-old-me: value yourself more and don’t let other people’s thoughts, opinions, styles, prejudices or desires shape you or your life, not to settle, to be true to the real you (once you figure the real you out), and to be nicer to yourself, because you’re not really so awful.
@Won_Two I totally agree – especially with the last sentence … it is so important to keep one’s heart open … otherwise life passes you by all too quickly … look at what Snape did to himself … he stands as a kind of warning against burying myself inside myself.