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 Roshini Cope, The Fabulous Glamazini, Vlogger and YouTube Guru, of Glamazini.com…
On Sunday May 5th I celebrated my 37th birthday. In all honesty, I remain amazed at that number because, as the cliché goes, I still feel like I’m 17 and am not quite sure where the extra 20 years went. Either way, I’m thankful to have made it this far in light of the alternative, and even more excited for the opportunity to write a letter to my younger self. Here goes nothing:
Dear Younger Roshini,
Most people have saved their entire life to spend one week in the U.S. Virgin Islands where you were born and raised. You basically grew up in paradise so enjoy it.
You are creative, fun-loving, graceful, interesting, funny and have a pretty smile & big beautiful eyes. Don’t take so long to realize these things.
You will be happiest if you keep creating and spend your oh-so-precious time building strong, deep relationships. If I were you, which I am, I’d find some way to spend my days doing both those things for a living. You’ll be happy you did.
Cold weather and snow are overrated; shorts, sundresses and sandals are more your flare. You like owning houses in suburbia, but there’s something about urban life that keeps calling your name. Choose where you live accordingly.
Since you started as a dancer, never stop. Keep your health at the forefront and you will be thankful you did. Eat well, exercise, stay flexible, stay active, and start wearing arch supports in your shoes and strengthening your legs. Don’t ask me why; it’s just really important that you keep your legs and feet strong because you’re prone to injury in later years.
Don’t let others stress you out. Build relationships but don’t be so affected by their outcome. Remember what I said about creating and relationships. Wake up every day with those two words on your mind and never let anyone talk you out of your wacky crazy “out there” dreams. Matter-of-fact, surround yourself with dreamers and doers and run away from the play-it-safe crowd. Remember that things outside your comfort zone may feel uncomfortable but that is where the reward is so chase that uncomfortable feeling to challenge yourself and slay your fears daily.
Take the best care of yourself; if you don’t no one else will. You tend toward self-sacrifice so sometimes it’s ok to be “selfish” because it’s really not selfish at all LOL.
Lastly I’d probably stop relaxing our hair in college like you planned, or better yet, tell your mom never to do it at. Just figure it out … online… figure it out on a website hun… you’ll see why soon.
P.S. A few more words to remember: Apple, Google, YouTube. Alright that’s all. 🙂