Reminders For My Younger Self

If what you need is forgiveness for past situations, acceptance of who you are today, or appreciation for how far you’ve come, this open letter/reminder is yours to read.

These are the things I wish my younger self knew, things you might be able to relate to.

Anyways let’s go ahead and get into this advice:

Reminders for My Younger Self

You’re going to make it through.

No matter how terrible things seem, it’s not the end of everything. They won’t always be this way. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.

Mistakes are part of the process, not the end of the journey.

Things are going to change, you are going to change. So be gentle with yourself as you grow, heal, learn, and become you. Love yourself a little extra.

Own your life. Make decisions you can feel good about and forget others’ opinions. Nobody else is going to do it for you.

It’s okay if you’re struggling right now. You don’t have to have everything figured out, you just have to take the next step.

Your mental health is as important as your physical health, reaching out for help is the bravest thing you can do.

Life can be fulfilling at both 16 and also 60. 25 and 45. Joy is timeless. Learning how to make the most of where you are does not have an age cut-off or a deadline.

It’s not your responsibility to save everyone. Don’t put that kind of pressure on yourself. Do the best you can to spread your light where you can.

To be alive is a precious thing — don’t forget that and don’t minimize your own existence. Don’t doubt how important you are. You can’t even imagine how important you are.

When you’re afraid to love again, go ahead and love one more time.

When you’re afraid to ask for help, go ahead and ask anyway.

When life throws you down, consider it a privilege to stand back up again.

Don’t rush the journey. Live in the moment! You will have the rest of your life to be grown up. Enjoy these years and fill them with laughter, adventure, friendships, fun, and joy.

You don’t have to be perfect. No one is perfect, you know? You shouldn’t be so hard on yourself.  You should express your feelings more. There is nothing wrong with being emotional. You are not alone, although it feels that way sometimes.

Do not wait for a new year, a new month to start working towards your dreams. You’re so infinitely capable of pursuing everything you want.

Exactly who you are is exactly who you’re meant to be. Accept yourself now, and you’ll be amazed at the person you become.

As a personal growth and development exercise, I encourage you to write a letter to my younger self to explore just how far you have come in life ❤

So, tell me: what’s one thing you’d tell your younger self if you could?

20 Replies to “Reminders For My Younger Self”

  1. Thank you so much❤️
    You said each word I needed it to hear right now.. Thank you truly

    Have a very nice day you are amazing

    1. Thank you, for putting the reminder to our younger self, in literature I appreciate myself 💗

  2. Found this blog just when I needed it.😊

  3. Honestly I feel so much under pressure with my schoolwork, but you just reminded me that whatever difficult situation I’m going through right now is just temporary. ❤❤

  4. Queen Lechong says: Reply

    A letter to my younger self… Be you and believe in yourself. Find a mentor, focus and build your financial life. Invest in your future.

    1. Beena Bantawa Rai says: Reply

      I am really appreciate that you made me feel more better and happy. Thank you.

    2. Sultan panda says: Reply

      Thank you dear me

  5. Shianne Brooks says: Reply

    I’ve been really struggling with my mental health more than ever. I am bipolar depressive and each year it seems to get worse. Whilst crying I came across this article and I felt like it was meant for me. I don’t feel so alone now. Thank you Kati for writing it.

  6. Thank you. I found that everything you said is true. I struggle so hard on trying to please everyone else and I don’t do anything for myself.

    1. I loved this letter. It made so much sence. I never stood up for myself. I was always ashamed and scared to say or do what I wanted for myself. I lost so much. This is what I am working on. For myself.

  7. Angela Mattox says: Reply

    Found this article just when I needed it. I would tell my younger self to think of consequences before I act.

    1. Thank you so much for these amazing words ….. I’m connected with your thoughts I would like to say my younger self believe in your decision you can do everything what you want to do you are best love yourself first don’t expect so much to others .

  8. Thank you, Kati and Lima.

    To my younger self, You’re doing well.
    Look how far you’ve come. You and your life are wonderful.
    Love you anytime and anywhere.

  9. Lauren Elizabeth says: Reply

    Thankful for you!

    Dear Younger Me,
    Enjoy your school years from kindergarten through college. Learn all that you can. Be a sponge. Having a broad base of education to pull from will help you in every relationship and every job.

    Start while you’re young eating the healthiest foods that you can and drinking your daily water requirements. You’ve got a lot of life to live and you’re going to need a lot of energy for it! Try to taste every new food with an open mind – you might find one that looks worse than it tastes and it becomes your favorite! Keeping your body hydrated protects your organ systems and your brain. Don’t let your brain shrink!

    Always wear sunscreen. Your mother died of melanoma. You are at high risk for having melanoma, too. Get your skin checked by a Dermatologist regularly so that if anything pops up, chances are you’ve caught it early. Besides, skin that is undamaged by the sun is creamy and looks gorgeous! Don’t go for a fake tan – everybody can recognize it a mile away. Be your beautiful, undamaged self!

    Date a LOT! if you think you’ve found the right one but you haven’t dated very much, than date the person a LONG time,a minimum of 3 years. It sounds like a ruble long wait, but if there’s anything bad there it will most likely show up then. When we meet someone, our hormones do a happy dance, but can they do the waltz? You are not perfect and they are not perfect. A divorce is so much harder than a breakup. You have no idea how hard it is to pay legal costs, get the right papers drawn up, to get the other person to sign them, to take off work to appear in court, to split up the property, and that’s if it’s only you and the other person! Have children and/or a pet is the worst emotional pain than the rain for the divorce. If they’re the right one, they’ll still be there 3 years from now.

    Last thing, manage your money wisely. H o to the trouble to sit down and make you a budget for this day and forward. Write down the amount of cash you have and the balance in your bank right now. Subtract 10% of what you make and set it aside for church. Subtract anothe 10% of what you make and set it aside for a savings account.
    You WILL need it one day in an emergency (car breaks down, an appliance breaks down, storm damages your roof, your pet needs emergency surgery, a family member becomes gravely ill and you need to buy a round trip plane ticket, etc. If there’s any remaining expenses you have until the next payday, that’s up to you to spend or save.

    There’s so much more I could tell you, but those are some of the biggies. Above all, Love the Lord your God will all of your heart, soul, strength and mind.

    Love, your older self who already walked through these and had to learn the very hard way.

  10. Anita Dama Dama says: Reply

    Thank you Kati, your blogs always come at the right time. Thank you for lifting me. Bless you.

  11. Thankyou so much for such comforting words.
    This is literally the most beautiful blog I’ve ever come across. Really needed to hear this at this at this point of time in my life

  12. Merci pour ces mots vrais et profonds. Je dirai à mon jeune moi de foncer, de croire en ses rêves. Ne pas laisser la peur la honte et les préjugés prendre le dessus 🙏

  13. Marion AOL nyitong says: Reply

    Thank you so much.. So much motivated by this blog😍😍..Hugs🤗🤗🤗

  14. Dear Younger Self,
    Hope you’re doing well. You are so humble and nice. Innocent baby. Unaware of how this world works. How the emotions and feelings work. How the mind works. Don’t be so critical of yourself. Just be yourself. Enjoy to the fullest the way you do. Do whatever your heart says. I love you for holding on inspite of how hard the world seems to you. I know you feel inferior in many ways. But with time you’ll know what it’s all about.
    I am proud older you.
    Much love to you.

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