Dear 16-Year-Old Me: Dublin Gaelic Star Noelle Healy

"You loved sports but were so self-conscious about the strong legs and arms it gave you"

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In our regular slot ‘Dear 16-year-old Me’, we chat to some of our favourite people of note about what they’d say to their teenage self.

They get open and honest about what their teens were like and share the advice they’d give for the future.

This week, we’re chatting to Dublin Gaelic football star Noelle Healy. In her letter she chats about being self-conscious as a teenager, and finding herself. 

 

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“Dear Noelle

As a teen you were awkward and self-conscious (what teen isn’t !?), you envied the girls with perfect hair and skinny legs and shoulders. You loved sports but were so self-conscious about the strong legs and arms it gave you, annoyed at the weekends it took up, and felt like you were missing out on so much. Little did you know how far those legs would take you!!

The best part of being a teen was getting to experience all those firsts. First best friends, first kisses, first discos, first fights, firsts mistakes. Many years from now you’ll hear songs that were your soundtracks to those moments and you’ll realise how much these moments helped make you who you are and how lucky you were to have been surrounded by the people you shared them with.

The hardest part of being a teen was figuring out who you were and who you wanted to be, and most of all being comfortable with that.

 

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School for you was a brilliant time! You had incredible friends, supportive and inspiring teachers and were given the confidence to aspire to be whatever you dreamed you could be The work ethic you’re developing will stand to you, and help you achieve all you could have hoped for.

My biggest piece of advice to my teen self would be don’t be too hard on yourself, don’t be afraid to fail. Embrace failure and learn from it, it’ll teach you more than success ever can.

You are never the finished product, nor should you ever want to be!”

Dublin Gaelic football star, Noelle Healy, supports Trócaire Lenten campaign, Trócaire are appealing to the people of Ireland to support its 2022 Lenten appeal which is supporting millions in Zimbabwe suffering from the devastating impact of Covid-19 and climate change. For more visit here.


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