Dear Younger Self,
This letter is to you, my younger self. I wish I had talked to you before now, or I could have offered you the wisdom I have today. There are so many things you would not have experienced if I had, and you probably would be a different person today. But, I have learned along the way, the life experiences and lessons you learn are for the making of you. Some things you must learn on your own. If life is too easy, you might miss the lessons necessary to build your character.
You are the reason I am who I am. You see, before you were formed in your mother’s womb, there was already a plan for your destiny even if you failed to stay on the path meant for you. There are times I would tell you to listen to your parents and any adult who does not ask you to do anything harmful to yourself or anyone else, or any adult or authority who do not ask you to do anything illegal.
Younger self be respectful. Young people who are respectful are admired by adults like myself. Besides, it will earn you respect in return. You owe yourself respect. It makes it easier for you as an adult.
While you might not understand at the times when you are offered guidance or counsel, but, in many instances, adults are really looking out for your well-being and trying to help you avoid some of the mistakes they have made. This might not make sense to you since you are my younger self, but as life goes on, you’re understand later.
My dear younger self, if I could, I would try to calm your fears about life ahead. I would encourage you to enjoy life right where you are right now and do not worry. As an adult, you will learn, more than likely, you will experience more older years than younger ones, so enjoy your younger self now.
I will be remiss if I failed to tell you there are some people in this world who will not wish you well. It will never matter to some if you do your best, it will never be good enough. You can’t control what others say or think about you. You can control how you think and feel about yourself.
Please do not worry whether you are good enough, do you fit in with others, or why someone would not like you. When you’re my age, you will forget who did not like your younger self, and you will not worry about fitting in the ones who resist you. You see, at my age, there are so many other things of concern like paying bills, staying healthy, your family and loved ones, and asking yourself am I pleasing in the Lord’s sight. Just know, whatever you are going through now, younger self, “this too shall pass.”