Dear 18-year-old self,
You’ve finished high school feeling confident and as arrogant as ever, looking to find yourself and confident in your ability to do so. Too young to understand or even care about the uphill battle you’re set to face soon. While you worry about dope sneakers, fly girls, and saving up money to purchase that nice car you’ve always thought you deserved, you’re going away to College and you’re not prepared. Not sure what you want to do and at this age and I can’t really blame you. You weren’t properly prepped for this moment but your belief in yourself has you feeling like you will figure it out.
“God got you” is what you say, and you’re absolutely right but let me give you the flip side to that. At some point in your journey you’re going to have to grab the bull by the horns, and realize you can’t wait for your opportunities because they may never come. So, you must go out and find them and take what’s yours.
See your charm and your devilish good looks will only get you but so far, so to get to where you ultimately want to go you have to remove yourself from your bubble and look at life as a whole through different lenses.
Don’t be afraid to take risks because without them there is no room for growth. Repetition is what breeds familiarity so keep pushing until you get it. Also, don’t be afraid to evolve and learn new things, never stay in that box everybody wants to put you in. Those who don’t continue to grow usually die whether it’s mentally, physically, or spiritually so always keep that in mind. Another thing I learned is you can manifest your dreams based off your thoughts. Sounds crazy but what you think you become, what you feel you attract, and what you imagine you create.
So stay positive, always give thanks, and keep love in your heart no matter how cold the world makes you. Lastly, always keep your integrity intact and never be too loyal to anything or anyone that makes you feel like you’re betraying yourself. You are who you associate with.
So look around at your five closest friends and that’s who you are. If you don’t want to be that person, you know what you must do. I promise you, many your friends you have now won’t be around ten years from now and that’s just unfortunately how it works sometimes. Circles get smaller and life moves on.
I’ll close this out by saying always Stay True! Trust yourself! Believe in your abilities and don’t let your dreams just be dreams!
MaL Your 31-year-old Self