Penny McNamee, who plays Tori Morgan on Home and Away, has penned a letter to her ‘Year Nine self’. Penny shares the things she wished she’d known back then.

‘To my year-nine self,

See those cool girls across the quad, the ones who stopped sitting with you at lunch and ignored you on the bus? They are not the girls you want to be friends with.

Stop looking to the cool girls and wishing you were friends with them. Find the funny, kind, interesting girls – the ones who laugh at themselves, not others. The ones who have dreams and goals beyond what party they had going to that weekend or what boy they want to kiss.

‘Find the girls who have hobbies and passions – those who play instruments, who ride horses, who scrapboook, who draw, who write! Find the girls who help others, who do charity work, who lift each other up.

‘They are the girls who will go far in life, who will follow their dreams and help you achieve yours. They are the girls to hang out with at lunch.

‘Forget the cool girls. Nerdy is the new cool!’

What would you like to say to teenage you?

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  • I love this. I’m going to adapt it and show my grandsons


  • Love it! We need to have more stuff like this in social media!!


  • This is an article in Woman’s Day. There are several Home and Away actresses writing notes to their younger selves. I would tell me to stick with the study, ignore the negatives and focus on the end game


  • To the teenage me and my teenage daughter I say to always reach out to those who’re lonely, always include-never exclude, always respect-never judge.


  • Always be kind and you will come out on top in the end.


  • Be surrounded by people that love and respect you, honest people, sweet and funny, positive and humble.


  • doesn’t matter what you do there will always be nasty people around. High school garbage doesn’t end when school does


  • Even the uncool girls are bitchy and have pecking orders. Just do your best to teach your children to surround themselves with people they enjoy spending time with. Teach your kids to be the one who is kind to everyone no matter what their status in the school yard is.


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