Em Rusciano is a comedian, singer, writer and television and radio presenter. This is an edited extract from her book Try Hard: Tales from the Life of a Needy Overachiever.
To the brilliant Marchella and the magnificent Odette.
You may or may not know this, but since you were born I’ve had a rather morbid tradition of writing you each a letter before I go away in case something happens to me on said trip.
Since someone has been kind enough to let me write a book, I thought I could pop a letter in here to be preserved for all of time. So now you won’t have to rummage through my filing cabinet only to find food wrappers, old photos and library fines.
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Hopefully now, when you find yourselves in a jam, you can flick open this very page and here I’ll be with some posthumous words of wisdom.
Know that I didn’t want to leave you, that my last thought would’ve been of the both of you.
You are the most impressive thing I’ve ever done, my greatest achievement, the loves of my life (besides your father, of course). Look after your dad. Was his shirt ironed at my funeral? Was I carried out to Kylie Minogue’s ‘Your Disco Needs You’ as instructed?
Even though I’m not physically there you both still carry me under your skin, in the shape of your eyes and the freckles across your noses. In your dry and slightly sick senses of humour, in your love of all things shiny and in your huge, hobbit toes.
There I’ll be, never far, always connected to you.
Be sassy, kind-hearted, fierce bitches. Pick great friends who contribute to your experience as a human. Ditch the drainers and the drama queens. You’ve so many better things to do than be tortured by unhappy people.
Don’t take shit from anyone, ever. I really mean that. Don’t be afraid to say NO. No is your friend. Don’t ever put the fear of offending someone in front of your own personal safety – emotional and physical.
Having said all that, say YES as often as you can! Yes to new experiences, yes to the unknown, YES TO LIFE.