A Letter to My Younger Self

Dear Nancy, 

It does get better. The view from up here is amazing. You were full of life at 15 and you wanted the years to pass by quickly. It’s been the toughest at 20 and you feel like time is moving so slow. It’s not all bad I can guarantee. The challenges that come with being an adult might give you a scare at first but the freedom is well worth it as long as you know how to use it. 

You are 20 right now and there are things I wish you could do differently. But I don’t want you to regret anything. Every mistake you make is a lesson and every blessing an opportunity to see life from a whole new perspective. 

I know how stubborn you can be and I’m afraid this is a trait you’ll have at least until you are 28. So maybe you may not heed what I’m about to say but I hope you take home a thing or two. 

Love what you do and do what you love. You may feel scared and question a lot of things but I want you to hold on to what you love with passion. There is a special person inside you. A gem waiting to be discovered. You’ve loved your books since you were 5. Hold on to this. It may be your future if only you could press on a little harder. Don’t let the naysayers and the know-it-alls put you do. Trust me, they have nothing better to do. Write and write some more. Write until you can’t write anymore. 

Don’t doubt your potential even for a second. You may have made wrong decisions, but don’t let them define who you are or who you will be. Believe in yourself because I do. There are days you are full of doubt. Some days you wonder who you are or whether you are doing the right thing. Do it. Don’t let doubt hold you back because if it is wrong, you will learn, but if it is right, you will be proud of yourself. 

Love yourself. Walk with your head held high. They talk behind your back, spit on your face, and judge who you are. That your clothes don’t match your age, you have nothing to show for, don’t worry. I know it can be frustrating and you’ll start questioning a lot of things. I promise you, it does get better. 

If only you could turn a blind eye to all these things, I assure you there’ll be a lot in store for you. You are beautiful, perhaps you don’t hear this too often. Look into the mirror and see the woman you are slowly turning to. Someone out there loves you exactly as you are. Don’t change a thing for anyone and don’t give in to society’s pressure. 

There’s a lot you’ve not experienced. Travel, study, love, take a hobby life gets too busy at 28 you might not have a second to spare. I don’t want you to look back and say “I wish I did this”. Do them while you have the chance. 

Go to places you’ve never been to. Take a new course. Love more even if they don’t care. I know you love writing but you can also try cooking as a hobby. Be prepared because you might not end up doing what you wanted to do so take risks. 

Love yourself more than I did at an earlier stage. Don’t hold your past decisions against yourself. It does get better, so don’t give up. I just thought I should let you know this. 

With Love, 

Nancy.

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