I don't get caught up in a lot of blogging/vlogging fads, but there is one that started going around a few months ago that I couldn't pass up. It is called "Dear Me" and it is based on the book by the same name in which people share letters to their sixteen-year-old selves. Somehow, a challenge was started for writers, bloggers and vloggers to share their letters on their respective home base sites.
This is mine.
There will come a time when you will look back on your life and wonder if you've made the right choices, taken the correct path, nurtured enough relationships... done enough. I am here to tell you that you haven't. But you can still make a difference.
When it comes to your beauty, wear sunscreen. Wear it every day. You'll be sorry in a few years if you don't. Don't visit that tanning bed. I know it's cool and all your friends are doing it, but in less than ten years, you will have no fewer than a dozen scars to prove the damage it's done to you.
Don't be so nervous in social situations. Don't care what people think of you. Just be yourself. Your life will be all the better for it.
Speaking of your social life, skip that boyfriend. You'll know who he is. Don't ever settle for someone who doesn't treat you well. Be patient. Wait a little longer and the right one will come.
Learn to say "no", but don't be afraid to say "yes".
Don't spend too much time weighing the big choices in life. Your intuition is killer. Go with it. It won't lead you astray.
There is a trend called yoga. It hasn't become popular yet, but find out about it and get into it. Down the road, you will have to deal with a crippling disease and maybe you can head it off. Or at least prevent the symptoms for a little while.
Drink more water. Heck, drink only water. And cut out the sugar too.
Hug your family members. Spend time with them. Tell them you love them. A handful of them will be gone in a few years and you don't want to regret a single moment lost.
Talk to God more... and not just when you need something. Thank Him for what He has provided you. Spend time reading His word. Try to understand what He wants for you.
Don't compare yourself to others. Comparison is the thief of joy. Life is a journey, not a competition. There is only one of you and you are good enough.
Go with the flow. Don't be anxious about the future. You have no idea what's coming around the corner. On that note, don't stress about the past. It's over and you can't change a single thing. Live in the moment. Take advantage of those things you know you'll never get to do again and enjoy them. You can't get that time back, so make it worth it.
Don't hang on to anger. Take a deep breath and let it go. Holding a grudge is only hurting you.
Stop holding your breath. That is an ugly habit you still won't break twenty years down the line.
Be happy in your skin. Don't worry about your imperfections. Be confident. Stressing over this will only take away from what really matters.
Don't be so hard on yourself. You will never get it right all the time. Mistakes don't define you. Forget about the times you didn't get it right and move on. There will be plenty of people who judge you in life. Don't be one of them.
Spend more time with your close friends. Get to know them. Only a precious few will stick around and if you're lucky, they will be around during your darkest hours.
Don't over-analyze things. It will only drive you nuts.
Volunteer more. Get out there and make a difference in the world. Take good care of other people and you will be much happier in life.
There will never be a right time to do things, so jump now. When the aha moment strikes, make the leap. Sure, sometimes you won't make the safety net, but you'll never know until you try.
Take good care of yourself. Be gentle and don't focus on the negative. You will have many ups and downs in life. Enjoy the ups, but don't fear the downs. You. Are. Going. To. Be. Okay.
Yourself in 2015
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