ICYMI Caitlin Moran (a popular British personality) wrote a posthumous letter (even though she’s actually still alive) to her teenage daughter that immediately became an internet hit. Her letter is a beautiful, funny mix of notes-on-the-fridge reminders, plus advice you can only get from someone that has already survived the challenges of young adulthood.

The reason behind her letter hits close to home. As she explains: “I’ve been smoking a lot recently, and so – in the wee small hours, when my lungs feel like there’s a small mouse inside them, scratching to get out – I’ve thought about writing [my daughter] one of those ‘Now I’m Dead, Here’s My Letter Of Advice For You To Consult As You Continue Your Now Motherless Life’ letters.”

You can read her entire letter as it originally appeared in The Times (UK), but we’ve gone ahead and pulled out our favorite bits for you.

Life divides into amazing enjoyable times and appalling experiences that will make future amazing anecdotes

In other words, there’s a benefit to all those things that seem terrible at the time: they make for more interesting stories later on.

Stay at peace with your body. While it’s healthy, never think of it as a problem or a failure.”

This. A million times over.

There’s a skewed representation of body types in the media and occasionally we need to be reminded that we should strive to look like the best version of ourselves, not anyone else.

Choose your friends because you feel most like yourself around them, because the jokes are easy and you feel like you’re in your best outfit when you’re with them, even though you’re just in a T-shirt

Take notes, mom, because this sounds way more appealing than “well, they aren’t really your friends then, are they?”

Never, ever start smoking. It’s like buying a fun baby dragon that will grow and eventually burn down your f***ing house.Never, ever start smoking. It’s like buying a fun baby dragon that will grow and eventually burn down your f***ing house."

Well, when you put it like that! Definitely one of the better smoking metaphors we’ve ever heard.

5. “Always believe you can change the world – even if it’s only a tiny bit, because every tiny bit needed someone who changed it.”

Because you can.