Dear Me

I had something else planned for this week, but I decided to save it. Instead, I’d rather do something more timely. You might have seen #DearMe this week. In case you don’t know what it’s about, people are sharing what they would say if they could give advice to their younger self. I’d like to take the opportunity to write myself a letter. I’m sharing it with all of you, so that maybe it helps someone else who needs to hear it, too.

image from Juxtapost
(image from Juxtapost)

Dear Leslie,

Hi! It’s me from the future. I don’t have long (space time continuum, and all that), so I’ll have to make this brief. Here’s the advice you need to hear: Be kind. You can live through embarrassment, but some of the biggest regrets are harsh words rashly spoken. Appreciate the present. There will be a lot of time spent studying and doing school work. It’s important. However, the memories you make will be much more valuable to you in the long run. Finally is the biggest secret of all. You’re going to be okay. Really. Even when things seem insurmountable, you will get through it. Don’t give up. You can’t imagine now the things you’re capable of. This won’t happen all at once. Take it one step at a time. Most of all, don’t let your fear hold you back from the things you want to do. I promise, it will be worth it. Hang in there!

Love, Leslie

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Live in the Present

What a lot of people mean by “live in the present” is have fun today and don’t worry about the consequences. That’s not what I’m advocating.

Instead, I want to address looking for happiness in the future. Sadly, I think we tend to put off happiness. “I’ll be happy once I have a bigger house/move to another town/lose ten pounds/etc.”

Circumstances can make a big difference. I feel a huge wave of relief when finals are over. But at some point, if we can’t learn to be happy now, we’ll always be looking for the next thing that promises happiness.

That’s why I’m working harder to appreciate every moment as it comes.

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