Day 82/365: Letter to My Younger Self

Dear N,

Always remember to have fun. In fact, make sure you incorporate a bit of fun into each and every day. Work hard and play hard. Just don’t overwork yourself. Work will always be there when you return so turn it off when you’re playing.

Laugh loudly and without apology. And know that it’s okay to laugh at yourself—loudly and without apology.

You don’t have to play it so safe all the time. It’s okay to do things out of order, to take big risks and to be spontaneous often.

Whatever happened to you at 6 years old does not define you. It is a part of who you are, but it is not the sum of you—not by a long shot. Know that you are awesome, magical, intelligent, brave, strong, creative and talented—no matter what others may think, say or do. You are not less than—or more than—anyone else. But you do have just as much right to occupy the space that you do as anyone else on this planet.

Please, please, please do not compare yourself to others. You are one of a kind—just like everyone else. And you simply cannot compare apples to oranges. So don’t even try. There will always be people who can do things that you cannot do or do them better than you, but there will also be those who can’t do what you do nor better than you can do them. None of that matters because there’s only one you. Be sure to really celebrate that and get creative with how your wonderful shows up in the world.

Don’t worry if everyone—or anyone—likes you. Do you like you? That is truly the only thing that matters. Seriously.

Fall in love with yourself—each and everyday. Look in the mirror and really love what you see. Find something new to like about yourself each day. Change your perspective on what society may call a flaw and love it anyway.

Be kind to yourself. There will always, unfortunately, be someone somewhere who’s aiming at your pedestal. Don’t turn against yourself because of their false narrative about you. Understand that nothing is personal—even when people try to make it seem that way. They’re just projecting their bullshit onto you. Gently hand it back to them and walk away with grace.

Overthinking can kill your joy. Spend more time doing, feeling and being. You will always be thinking, but choose what thoughts to listen to over others and trust that your gut will guide you to exactly where you need to go. Your spiritual GPS will never fail you, no matter how crazy the journey appears. Just be sure it’s your gut talking and not your head.

Pay attention and listen to your body. It will tell you what you need to know. Do not ignore its whispers and warning signs. Respond appropriately and in a timely manner and you will experience incredible health, which is truly your greatest wealth.

Lastly, love without fear. It is not possible for fear and love to occupy the same space so choose love over and above everything. Period. It will never steer you wrong. And you will always know profound peace and joy because of it.

With all my love,
n

 

 

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