Dear Karlien

Dear Karlien from Des 2009


Guess what? You’re living in Sweden now! But don’t worry, you still call Cape Town home.

Things you’ve learned so far is that you are definitely a summer person. Other than that nothing

is definite. You miss coffee with your friends, wine and sushi. You also miss going to the Labia.

You still have a love-hate relationship with the silence. As you always will, I guess. You’re learning

to love parts of the winter and living on the 9th floor. You love the chocolate, the public transport

and the endless internet.


About that boy…turns out you never really loved him like you thought you did. Or you loved him,

but you weren’t in love, whatever that means. And that him breaking your heart was more merciful than

you breaking his (which was inevitable). I know you know that and I know it doesn’t take away the current pain.

But soon it’ll be next week, next month and next year. You will look back fondly on those evenings you spent

crying on the bathroom floor. You can be a little dramatic at times 🙂


The darkness still haunts you at times and you still get really sad. But less often and for sorter periods of time.

I guess it’s part of growing up and taking life less seriously.


For now, I want to say, you can stop worrying about everything and calm down. It works out in the end, it really always does.

Enjoy the beach, the sun and by the way, moving to Cape Town is going to be awesome!



Karlien from Oct 2011


3 Responses to “Dear Karlien”

  1. 1 seegogga Oktober 11, 2011 om 6:35 nm

    Dear Karlien, great stuff here.

  2. 2 Nadia Oktober 12, 2011 om 10:58 vm

    🙂 Think we should all write letters like this to our past selves every now and then – just to put things in perspective a bit. Hope Sweden’s treating you well! Will enjoy sushi, wine and the Labia for your part too 😉

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