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This is part of a movement to encourage self-esteem in others. Learn from my mistakes so you won’t have to. Get it? I recently read a piece in The Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/blackberry/p.html?id=1581850 in which a journalist did something similar, regarding failed relationships. This could apply to everyone. I was in the space recently in which I needed the affirmation, so I took a stab at this. I suggest my followers try it too, if not to remind yourself how far you have come, then just for the heck of it.

Dear Me (you)

Look at you. Insecure, buck-toothed, class clown, lonely, funny, adventurous, boring, TV-kop, book nerd, pervert…

These are all the things that you are. These are some of the things that you will continue to be well into your 20’s. You will be challenged. A lot. You will change more than you ever thought you would. Your mind, body and spirit will undergo radical transformations as you experience things which are so far out of your depth of understanding.

Education will play a bigger part in your life. Not in the traditional sense only. You will find your niche and all the mistakes from the past won’t matter anymore. Unless you let them go (some of them you won’t.) Writing, reading and academia will become a part of you like you never thought it would.  You will actually get complimented on your opinions.

A brilliant mind will develop. Yes, it will. Seriously! Believe it. Even at 26, you will have doubts and regrets. Do not live your life this way.

You will discover sex in a few years. Don’t expect too much though; movies make it seem way better than it really is. Look for more meaningful connections and don’t be afraid to wait. Condoms – no compromise!

Speaking of compromise – never, ever change who you are for another. No exception. You are strong and people want to tame and control you. You should be flattered and not get down about this.

You will go through dark phases and lose your way. You will get through. Trust me. I’ve been there. I know.

Appreciate and love every moment for the blessing that it is. And realise that time is ticking. You won’t be young forever. The train of life will move on, with or without you. You only get to play hard if you work hard.

And listen to the advice you give to others. You are good at it. You are good at listening. Now listen to yourself!

Always keep your head high and your finger wagging.

Love you lots! You (me) xxx

<p>Author <a href=”https://plus.google.com/102128103971030481396” target=”blank” rel=”author”>Jerome Cornelius</a></p>

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