Dear Younger Me...
I wish I knew what to tell you.
What the best piece of advice is
that I could give, so that
you didn't have to go
through all the hard things
that I did.
Or maybe I should tell you
about the lessons I've learned along the way,
so you're prepared for what's ahead
and don't have to struggle
as I did.
Perhaps I should try and shape you
into who you become: me.
But would I do that through
convincing you to continue down the path
that I took?
Or should I try and
redirect you so you don't have to
face all the things
that I faced?
If I knew in your shoes
what I know in mine now,
I know what choices
I would have made differently.
But without having made those choices,
I wouldn't have ended up here,
as I am now.
So Younger Me,
I hate to say it,
but you need to go through the trials.
You need to push through the pain.
You need to face what's coming at you,
because it shapes you into me.
Greater things can come from it
than you can imagine right now,
but you have to be patient,
because it takes time.
So I leave you with this:
Enjoy where you are now,
because you'll never be there again.
Grasp the hardships by the neck
and make sure they know
that they won't have a hold on you.
Live life to the fullest,
and it will come to fruition in the end,
so long as you
keep pushing when it's hard,
persevere when you wanna quit,
and never give up on becoming the person
you know you want to be,
that's who you'll become.
So, Don't. Give. Up.
it'll be worth it.
Thank you for listening to my TedTalk,
-Slightly Older Me