Saturday, May 6, 2006

A letter to my younger self

Slow down. Life has a funny way of sneaking by and before you know it, you’re 30. Enjoy it. Bask in every aspect of being young because when you get older, you’ll wish you’d have done everything differently. You’ll wish you’d have cried less and laughed more. You’ll wish you’d have buckled down in school and gone to college. You’ll wish you’d have TRUSTED yourself more, RESPECTED yourself more, LOVED yourself more.

Know that everything you’re stressing about today will be insignificant to you in just a matter of years, if not months. The boys will be forgotten and the catfights will be laughable. You will eventually have a great relationship with your dad, don’t give up. Spend more time with your family because they will probably leave too soon and you’ll regret not having done it. Don’t be in such a hurry to be in love, you just might save yourself some heartache. Don’t change who you are for anyone, be less than you are for anyone, compromise who you are for anyone.

Lose the weight now, before it affects your health, but if you don’t…recognize right now that you are BEAUTIFUL, that you are SPECIAL, that you are WORTH IT. Understand that you are so much more than your weight. A lot of the decisions you will make in your future will be based on your self-esteem and your self-worth. Your path in life will be determined by those decisions and there will be moments in your life that you will beg to do over again. Moments that will have a negative effect on the rest of your life. Moments that, had you thought more highly of yourself, would never have happened.

Don’t settle for less than you deserve because you deserve all the world has to offer. The hand you’ve been dealt isn’t the hand you have to play. Take control of your life, stop taking a backseat, and be fierce…before it’s too late.