This post is part of the series of letters to our younger selves, sending them hope, courage, and the love it takes to grow older and wiser. My hope is that this series will encourage others, young and old, to be a better version of themselves starting right now, today!
This letter is brought to you by Alison Hector, creator of Embrace The Struggle…
I know you struggle with that truth but it IS the truth. Feel good about yourself at that great age, baby, and focus less on the externals.
BUT, make sure you look after your hair, skin, nails (yeah, you’ll have nails when you stop biting them!). And enjoy that full head of hair!
Sometimes it sucks to be a teenager, Ali. You feel like you don’t fit in. Well, it’s okay to be different. Don’t try to blend in. You are enough, just as you are.
Ignore the haters. Don’t dwell on them; the problem lies with them, not you. The best revenge is a life well lived. You’ll see!
I want you to live up to your name, Alison, which means “Teller of Truth.” Speak up and own your opinions. You think people won’t listen? Think again! People need to hear your POV (point of view). It will mature into wisdom and discernment that will bless others.
Ali, I really want you to know and believe that you’re stronger than you think. Never forget the source of your strength: God. You are capable of far more than you give yourself credit. Stay strong in the face of disappointments and setbacks. They will build a level of character, fortitude, and resilience that you will need as you mature.
Keep singing! Your life song soars, your life story matters. Sharing your love of music will make a difference in people’s lives.
I want you to cultivate your love of reading and writing. Hone that intellect, even though you think you don’t want to go to college. Go! It’ll open great doors for you.
See how you’re intrigued by the Word of God? Don’t forsake it; rather, make it a staple of your life.
Ali, as you learn to set boundaries, you will see that once you start things right, they’re more likely to end right. Don’t build walls around yourself to keep out the hurt, my dear. They’ll end up keeping out everything, including a full, rewarding life.
I want you to feed both the left and right sides of your brain, your logical, order-loving side and the creative, out-of-the-box side. They are dual images of the unique you. You don’t have to be either/or, girlfriend!
Loved one, cherish your ability to spend time on your own and not be bored. Blend it with your sociable side, and you’ll have a winning combination.
Growing up poor has its benefits. Don’t let what you haven’t had obscure what you do have: a loving family, a great education, and good friends. Take the good with the bad. It’s made you into a one-of-a-kind.
Most of all, hold on to trusted friends from childhood, Ali. Those precious friendships will grow in value over the years! They are your sisters from another mother!
Over to you…
If you would like to write a letter to your younger self to be featured in this series, contact me. The more the merrier!