If I could write my younger self a letter I imagine it would go something like this:
Dear Younger Me,
I wish I could tell you everything that I have learned so far. It would save you so much worry and heartache. Things would be much different.
I can’t decide if I should tell you to not fear and chase your dreams or tell you heart to heart, you do make some bad decisions, but then, those bad decisions made me who I am today.
Don’t worry, I know you are nervous about your grades and what you should major in at school and aren’t sure where your life is going. Guess what? You still don’t! (Ha!)
You think you have to have everything all figured out in order to move ahead and be successful. You fear failing. You fear looking like a fool.
And I guess in writing that last part I realized exactly what I need to tell you. Let it go. Let go of the fears: the opinions of others, the fears of failing, looking foolish, making the wrong choice. Let it all go.
I know you well enough to know I can’t tell you to stop being so afraid, because fear has a stronghold on you. But I will tell you, take a big deep breath, say a prayer and do what you are afraid of. Do it because you are afraid and you will refuse to it let boss you around anymore!
Take back the days fear has stolen.
The older you knows the fear NEVER goes away. Unfortunately it’s like a shadow that follows you around everywhere.
Also, I would add: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and stop trying to figure out all the details on your own. You will mess up. You will fail. But you will also get back up and keep going more determined than ever to succeed.
You will go through dark periods in your life…and it’s ok.
God spoke loudest when you were at your weakest.
And lastly, be patient. You don’t have to get everything done at one time. Give yourself and those around you grace. Waiting is a lesson God will teach you over and over…ask me how I know.
Oh younger me, you’re quite amazing you know. And much smarter than you give yourself credit for. You won’t realize it for many years, but the very things you hate about yourself– being shy and quiet, introspective, sensitive, caring– are your strongest qualities. I know, I know. You’re probably rolling your eyes at me, but trust me.
You will thank me one day.
Oh, and P.S. grow your bangs out, they DO make you look like you’re twelve. 😉
Sincerely older and wiser but still looks 20,
Shared by: Alecia Simersky