From Me to Me
Letters to my 16½-year-old-self
Samantha Page (Editor)

If you could send a letter to yourself aged 16½, what would you say in it?


From Me To Me: Letters to my 16½-year-old self is a 
collection of letters written by South Africans – from 
headliners to ordinary people and everyone else in between 
– to their younger selves and published with photographs 
of them as teenagers.

From Me To Me is for the teenager wondering what life is all about, someone looking back on their youth, or seeking unpretentious wisdom, or just a chance to meet some of your favourite personalities, before the fame.

The book is compiled and edited by Samantha Page. Samantha Page is currently the editor of O, The Oprah Magazine, and it is under her leadership that the magazine celebrated its 10th anniversary in April 2012.

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Excerpts from some of the letters:

"Most people and institutions don’t embrace non-conformity. It makes them feel uncomfortable, but don’t let them suppress your true nature."  Jodi Bieber

"Remember, life is too short to cruise through it without leaving footprints of your own."  Uyanda Mbuli

"The most important thing is to keep dreaming; hold on to the picture in your mind because it will become a reality."  Bob Mabena

"Secondly, stop running from this moment, hoping you’ll find a better version of yourself in the next."  Zama Ndlovu

"To this day, I still rehearse and play saxophone for at least an hour every day because I want to be the best I can be."  Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse

"There is a better place waiting for you. As long as you focus on your books, you will get there."  McIntosh Polela

"So what if you’re not tall? Not pretty? Not the best dressed? that too shall come to pass. there are things with which you’re blessed – be grateful and focus on them." – Sindiwe Magona

Other Contributors

Lindiwe Mazibuko
Ayanda Mbanga
Osiame Molefe
Ravi Naidoo
Nkensani Nkosi
Neo Ntsoma
Margie Orford
Samantha Page
Hanli Prinsloo
Reuben Riffel
Gus Silber
Elinor Sisulu
Doreen Southwood
Lee Swan
Redi Tlhabi
Jann Turner
Jason Xenopoulos
Thulisile Madonsela
Elana Afrika
Alan Knott-Craig

Loyiso Bala
Melanie Bala
Lauren Beukes
Elvis Blue
Rehad Desai
Nkulee Dube
Christian Gabriel Du Toit
Saskia Falken
Nicky Greenwall
William Gumede
Vanessa Haywood
Bonnie Henna
Jonathan Jansen
Rhoda Kadalie
Katy Katopodis
Malcolm Klûk
Sarah Lotz
Noeleen Maholwana-Sangqu
Moky Makura
Vanessa Marawa
Louise Marsland

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