With high school and college graduations right around the corner, I can’t help but feel quite nostalgic. It seems like yesterday that I too was eager to embark on a new chapter of my life. Just as the lovely Phylicia Rashad wrote to her 21-year-old self, this letter to my 18-year-old self is a symbol of reflection, enlightenment and encouragement.
You thrive on energy that connectivity holds and bringing people together for a common good. Hold on to this trait, for it will prove that there is more power in building bridges than tearing them down. And as you move forward with building new friendships and relationships, understand that people (no matter how awesome they are) may only be in your life for a season. Cherish and appreciate the lessons that you will learn from them, and keep it moving. There is no sense in wasting time waiting for love, attention or affection from someone else when you could be investing that valuable time and energy in yourself.
And as busy as you know your schedule can get, don’t forget to take time for YOU. You’ll learn that you will find peace in the most quiet of times. At those times when it may seem the world is overwhelming you from all directions, it’s okay to shut your phone off, log-off of Facebook and regroup. It’s times like these that when you feel alone and utterly helpless, your faith will be tested and you will be challenged to discover who you really are. Dig deep girl and don’t give up on yourself– you’ll be amazed at how much you grow and mature. When times get a little tough, just remember to be still, prayerful and have faith because things will always work out as they are supposed to. God never gives us more than we can bear.
Finally, TAKE RISKS. You know good and well you are your own worst critic, but life is way to short to have regrets. You will have no idea what’s in store for you until you are able to move out of your own way. And don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it! Understand now that you may not always make the best decisions, but be open to the process. Reward your small successes, trust your struggle and try to see the positive in every situation. You will get discouraged at times, and you may not know what the next step will be, but always remember you are capable of conquering any obstacle that comes your way.
With so much love and the expectation that you will succeed beyond your wildest dreams,
P.S. Justin Timberlake will make another album — and trust me, it’s worth the wait. 🙂