Someone once said that with each passing minute we are actually different versions of ourselves and that our actions and thoughts shape who we are over time.
Looking back without the filter of my current 24-year-old mind is like looking into a brand-new lens. The perfect photograph of a person that I once was. I encourage you to read on and even write your past or future self a little momento, if you feel so inspired.
to my 14-year-old-self
We’re pretty great, you know. You may not know it but trust me when I say that you are. In this case, I actually know what I’m talking about.
In retrospect, if I could tell you anything it would be this:
Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.
Love yourself. It may seem a bit selfish, but being able to love yourself is humbling. Don’t tear us down. Our skin may not be perfect and we will never have curvy, womanly hips but we have so much more to offer: we have brains and love and wisdom and kindness and ambition and a good attitude. The ability to recognize and embrace your own strengths and weaknesses is truly admirable. It may be the most difficult thing in the world to practice but it is also the most rewarding. I promise you that.
Have an open mind. In talking to people, we learn from people. Every person we come into contact with is someone we can learn from. People will come into and out of our life, we will have things to learn from each. Have real conversations, real interactions, real connections, and life will become a thing of such beauty. Make an effort to connect with others and life will suddenly feel fuller.
Find the joy. Enjoy to larger things. Enjoy each day, enjoy that you are able-bodied, enjoy the spring as it blooms, enjoy picnics, enjoy food, enjoy the little things. Find a balance and enjoy. If you’re not enjoying yourself, then what’s the point?
You’re going to love the person you become.