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An Open Letter to My Younger Self: You'll Make It Through

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An Open Letter to My Younger Self: You'll Make It Through

It’s not too late to be the person you needed when you were younger.

It’s never a wrong time to give yourself what you need.

If what you need is forgiveness for past wrongs or acceptance of who you are today or appreciation for how far you’ve come, this open letter is yours to read.

These are the things I wish my younger self knew, things you might be able to relate to.

It’s not too late to be the person you needed when you were younger. It’s never a wrong time to give yourself what you need. If what you need is forgiveness for past wrongs or acceptance of who you are today or appreciation for how far you’ve come, this open letter is yours to read.

“If you must look back, do so forgivingly.” — Maya Angelou

A Letter to My Younger Self

First things first, you’re going to make it through — through this, through everything.

No matter how terrible things seem, it’s not the end of everything.

If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.

Now... right here, right now... this is yours. This is your life. The way things are right now? They won’t always be this way. Things are going to change, you are going to change. But whatever your life is in the moment, it’s yours to claim. So claim it.

Own your life. Make decisions you can feel good about. Claim every single breath you take. Embrace the moment and make it yours. Nobody else is going to do it for you. Nobody else can think for you, can love for you, can live in your place.

You must do your own believing, your own forgiving, your own living.

And this is how you live with little regret: you embrace everything you experience, even the things that don’t feel good. Because when you do that, you do what you came into this world to do: you come alive.

Every up and down, every tear and thrill. This life is yours and you have no reason to apologize for who you are.

There's a place and a purpose for everything under the sun, including you.

You don’t have to apologize for figuring yourself out. You don’t have to be like everyone else. You have your own place in the world, your own worth.

In all the millions of ways you can be told you're not enough, don't believe even one of them.

Exactly who you are is exactly who you're meant to be. Accept yourself now, and you’ll be amazed at the person you become.

Accept yourself here. Accept your life now. This is the secret to change and success and happiness — it’s hidden right out in the open, right in the present moment, right in your heart.

Sure, you’re going to stumble. And you’re going to learn. And you’ll grow and you’ll trip over your own feet long after you thought you had it all figured out. That’s okay. You’re in good company.

Some walks you’ll still have to take alone, but that doesn't stop you from being a child of this earth, with the soul of the whole universe in your lungs.

To be alive is a precious thing — don’t forget that and don’t minimize your own existence. Don’t doubt how important you are. You can’t even imagine how important you are.

But don’t take yourself too seriously, either, because nobody has it all figured out. (Even the ones who think they do.) Everybody has scars, is afraid of something, and wants more than anything to belong.

In fact, the more you learn the more you'll realize how little you know. That's the difference between knowledge and wisdom. If knowledge is power, then wisdom is strength.

One day you'll realize how much strength it takes to lean on others, how being vulnerable means being real, how forgiveness heals.

Pay attention to what heals you, and stay close to it.

When you're afraid to love again, go ahead and love one more time.

When you're afraid to ask for help, go ahead and ask anyway.

When life throws you down, consider it a privilege to stand back up again. Show the world how you turn pain into love, an ending into a beginning, darkness into light. Be your own rescuer.

Lastly, for now, know this: that it’s never too late to be who you might have been.

. . .

Tell me:

What's one thing you'd tell your younger self, if you could?

Tell me in the comments. I read every single one, and I'd love to know!

~ Jen

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It’s not too late to be the person you needed when you were younger. It’s never a wrong time to give yourself what you need. If what you need is forgiveness for past wrongs or acceptance of who you are today or appreciation for how far you’ve come, this open letter is yours to read.

Comments on this post (11)

  • Oct 12, 2020

    Mum,
    I saw a little white one with pretty black dots flutter up and away into the autumn breeze.

    — Jim

  • Oct 05, 2020

    Mum,
    The butterflies are gone for now, an orange and black one the last to leave. They are now a mere but beautiful memory.

    — Jim

  • Sep 28, 2020

    Two butterflies still flutter and chase each other around the flowers, such fun!

    — Jim

  • Sep 21, 2020

    Mum,
    An iridescent butterfly fluttered in the flowers then fluttered away in the breeze. So beautiful. So brief.

    — Jim

  • Sep 14, 2020

    A bright yellow butterfly with a colored dot on each wing floats and flutters among the lavender flowers to take a taste and chases and plays with a friend about the beautiful blossoms against the beautiful sky. Does the butterfly wonder why?

    — Jim

  • Sep 07, 2020

    Mum,
    Hummingbirds flitter and butterflies flutter with buzzing bees big and small.
    The beautiful flowers of violet, pink and purple welcomes them all.
    So beautiful, so wonderful and it’s almost fall.
    The cold skies will be here again and such beauty will be gone and a memory.
    We must remember to renew our gratitude daily.
    So we can find more beauty and kindness to guide our way.

    — Jim

  • Sep 07, 2020

    Mum,
    A beautiful, wonderful butterfly.
    A butterfly with angel wings.

    — Jim

  • Aug 31, 2020

    I am grateful for your friendship and support and the light you shine on everyone around you, Jim. Thank you.

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Aug 31, 2020

    Don’t ever feel afraid as we are always here to catch you from falling and anyway my darling what if you fly. My precious butterfly we love you. Smile look after your own beating heart always.
    Goodnight
    God bless

    — Mum

  • Aug 31, 2020

    Jen,
    Your letter is beautiful…”We rebuild together.”
    Thank you so much. Bless you.
    Let the sunflowers grace you with their beauty as you grace them with yours.

    — Jim

  • Aug 31, 2020

    Jen,
    Wow. I’ve said this before. Amazing!
    You are amazing.
    You are a beautiful person in so many ways.
    A writer, an artist, a cherished friend.
    Your future is still to come.
    Enjoy it. Live it. Love it.
    The best you can.

    — Jim

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