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?