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    To my younger bubbly self

    Dear Younger Self,

    Right now, you’re just getting used to the country world you live in North Carolina. Life seems simple. You listen to your parents. You have your sisters teaching you your ABCs and pretending that you’re in a classroom with toy animals, getting you prepared for kindergarten. As you become a kid. You enjoy the time you spend with your family and other relatives that give you a taste of their world and what it’s like. I wish I could tell you that your journey will be smooth sailing from your youth to your present self, but, I would be doing a big disservice to you by not telling you the truth in a genuine way.

    From when you start school (and outside of school) you will endure countless challenges that will test your will and your mental strength. You will have a tough time making friends because you’re just wired differently from other kids. You will start to have doubts about yourself and believe that something is wrong with you.

    You’ll ask yourself ”Why can’t I connect with most of my classmates? or ”Why are they so mean to me? I’m just trying to fit in and figure things out.

    The world outside of school will slowly become harsher and meaner as you get older. You’ll have experiences like asking an adult if you can use their phone to call your dad after marching with your JROTC group, only for them to give you a nasty look and keep walking away. You’ll even experience harsh lessons with your own family members on how cold the world can be. The more reality tries to get you to accept these truths, the more defiant you become in not accepting these truths. Your optimistic mind refuses to accept that it’ll always be this way. But, the relentless negative experiences will begin to wear you down throughout your middle school, high school & your early 20s. You will start to feel like you’re losing your core self, being around people who don’t have your best interests at heart and who love tearing down others. You’ll have many nights when you just break down and let out your pain, after holding in too much in for so long. But, don’t fret younger self, the story will get better.

    Life will start to make sense in your mid-20s. You’ll start to see a way out of the tall forest. You’ll run into people who like you for you and who you can open up with on a deep level. Some people you’ll come across on the internet and others offline. They’ll even help you find out or rediscover who you really are. You’ll begin to blossom and have the courage to love yourself with pride & show it to the world (even if others don’t have that same love for you). You’re going to be battle-tested in ways you won’t believe. But, these battles will show you how strong and tough you really are. You won’t see it while you’re growing up, it’ll take years to see the results of your trials and tribulations. But you will see and be glad about your progress.

    You will also learn that guys who looked tough and strong, won’t last long on their journey. Some of them were killed in their early 20s being around an environment that doesn’t allow people to grow in a positive way. But you (and others) got out. You have a long road ahead of you, but the destination will be so sweet when you get to your present self, and the best part is your present self is still growing and evolving. So to my younger bubbly self, I say rejoice and take your battles with glee. I wish I could have don’t that, knowing what I know now.

    Gerald
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    • Hi Gerald,
      Your letter is so touching. You have so much to be proud of. You have overcome some obstacles in your life and come out on top. I know you will keep moving forward and be very successful in life. You are smart, brave and so nice. Tune out the negative noise and focus on all that is good in your life. Take care!

      Shelley

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      • Hi Shelley,
        Thank you so much. I appreciate your touching words (as always!). Thank you for the advice also. I’ve gotten better at tuning out the negative noise and focusing on the good that I’m blessed to have in my life like The Unsealed and connecting with kind-hearted people like yourself! You take care as well!

        Gerald

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        • Gerald this letter is absolutely powerful. I’m glad you were able to be the true gentlemen you came out to be and such a great writer at that. going through school is hard sometimes because you are always labeled as something and none truly appreciates such kind-hearted and gentle people like you. I’m so happy that you learned to love yourself and not listen to what anyone says.

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          • Thanks, Kayjah. I appreciate your touching response. It’s tough to love yourself at a time when you’re figuring things out. To love yourself even when others don’t want you to love yourself is powerful to do. It’s great to come across people like yourself who had obstacles they had to fight to get to where you are today. People like you, Lauren & Shelley inspires me to keep fighting the good fight! Thank you once again for your response.

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    • Gerald!!! I hope you know how much we all love you and how sweet and kind you are and how much we appreciate you. I am so sorry kids were so mean when you were younger. They missed out on having a genuine and kind friend. I am so happy you found your circle and your peace, and I am so honored to be a part of your circle.

      You have so much to offer the world. I am glad you know your worth and you didn’t let other people’s negative energy drag you down forever. We got your back. We love you and we are grateful for your pure and kind heart. Thank you for being a part of The Unsealed. Keep writing. I love reading you posts. Can’t wait to see you on our next zoom! xo Lauren

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      • Thank you, Lauen!! I can feel y’all love every time we have a Zoom conversation. You’re right. They missed out a geninue friend. I’m honored to have you a part of my circle as well. I’m beyond honored to be a part of your circle also. I still can’t believe I crossed paths with you! Appreciate y’all having my back and I have y’all back too! I love y’all too. I can’t thank you (and others) for the support and love you’ve shown me! Let the good times roll! 😀 Gerald

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