Hey guys! Welcome back. Today I wanted to do something quite different then I have ever done before. I wanted to share a letter to my younger self. Obviously I can’t go back in time and tell myself these things or change things that might have happened. But my hopes in doing this is that I am able to inspire some of you and share with you some of the things that I would say to my younger self given the opportunity. So here is my letter to my younger self.
To Me In 2015:
2015 was a really difficult year for me, but it was also really exciting. Looking back I am so grateful for all of the things that happened, both good and bad. And here I am five years later in a very similar predicament. But because I got through that, I know I will be just fine this time around. Life has a tendency of being unpredictable, but it always has a way of working out in the end.
I have learned over the past five years that everything really does happen for a reason. The bad always leads to some good. So it is nice to be able to know that just because things don’t look great right now does not mean that things won’t work out. Just because a door has closed doesn’t mean another one won’t open. It just means we have to be patient and keep moving forward.
It’s always best to just focus on one thing at a time. You won’t get everything all at once. You have to give some things time to come into fruition, otherwise you won’t really get what you want and you will get stuck. So just take things one step at a time and learn to trust the process. Life sometimes moves more slowly than other times and that’s okay. Just keep moving at a steady pace and watch things come together.
One thing that I have learned a great deal over these past five years is that it’s really good to plan ahead, but it’s also good to understand that plans sometimes fail. There have been times when I didn’t have a plan and wished I had. There have been times that I have had a plan and it didn’t go as expected. So it’s good to plan ahead, but we can’t expect everything to always go as planned.
It’s always a good idea to trust your instincts. Even if you aren’t sure where it is heading or why it matters. Trust your gut because it will take you far. Sometimes in the moment I don’t understand why I feel like my gut is telling me something, but I have learned from experience that it usually leads to something positive. Not always, but most of the time. It’s always better to trust your instincts than to ignore them.
One of the biggest things that I have learned that I wasn’t always sure about was that it’s okay to be unsure about your purpose in life. Five years ago I was sure and I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do. But it didn’t work out that way and I ended up changing my mind several times. It’s not something I regret, but I do think it’s important to remember that it’s okay to not have all the answers. Especially at 18.
One of the biggest things I have learned in the past five years that I really wish I had known then is not to try so hard with people. You can’t please everyone. Heck, you can’t always be enough for everyone. You just have to do what you can and know that the people who matter will stand by you. You will be enough for the right people. So don’t try so hard. Just do what you can and be who you are.
Take a leap of faith in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you. You have to be willing to take the chance if you want to see the reward. So don’t let yourself believe that you can’t do something if you haven’t tried first. Because if you don’t ask, the answer will always be no. If you don’t try, you will never really know what could have been. And you don’t want to regret missed opportunities.
If I could go back five years and tell myself these things, I’m sure my life would be much different right now. Unfortunately that isn’t the case. But maybe you have taken something away from this. Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this. Please like it if you did. Do you have something you would say to your younger self? Let us know in the comments! Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!
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