Inspired by a blog post that Sarah posted and the Youtube #DearMe campaign (in celebration of International Women’s Day) I have made this post to give advice to my younger self (and maybe even take something away for my future self).
Dear Me – 15 years ago
You are at a confusing time in your life. Many things are starting to change and a new century has just dawned. Enjoy what you are doing now, but remember actions do have consequences. You have ideas about what you want to do in life, keep dreaming and hold that inspiration close to your heart. Our path in life may change, but creativity is at the very core of who we are. Don’t worry so much about how different your thoughts can be, but understand that there is a reason and try and channel that in creativity areas, rather then how you are right now. Don’t allow so much of yourself to be consumed with other people. You can not tell people how to live, you can not control their lives, no matter if you think that in doing so, you are helping. You don’t have all the answers and that is okay!
Dear Me – 10 years ago
You are growing and learning many new things. You are meeting many amazing people that are going to be in your life for a long time. You just turned 18, and guess what? 10 years later and you still don’t feel like a proper adult person yet, so don’t worry about it. Try to enjoy yourself, enjoy your friends, spend precious time with your family and don’t be so critical of yourself. Everything can change so quickly. Web design is a lot of fun, so keeping making lots of designs and learning and developing your skills. Take the time to appreciate, but don’t stress about the future. Talk to your mum about some of the things you are going through, she will understand, you don’t have to hide them.
Dear Me – 5 years ago
There is a storm that is brewing. You have been through some rocky patches, but the very nature of your character and person is going to be tested. Appreciate every second that you have with your family. EVERY. SINGLE. SECOND. Because when they are gone, you would do anything to have just one second back. Don’t feel that you have to distance yourself from your friends, because they care about you and want to support you. Don’t feel that your problems are meaningless, or that life is just too hard. Yes, you are going through a horribly traumatic time and there will be more lightning and thunder. But guess what? We still made it. As hard as it is and is going to be, we still made it. Don’t forget to have some time for you, to do some creative projects that allow you a mental escape. Don’t believe everything you hear. Try and remember that you are a good person, capable of giving love and receiving it. Remember, I love you.
If you do a #DearMe blog post, I would love to read it! Just link it in the comments below.
Or tell me what message you would give to your past self?