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  • journee2themoon submitted a contest entry to Group logo of How are you changing the world?How are you changing the world? 7 months, 4 weeks ago

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    My Example, My Change

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  • For the Love of a Child: A Story of Flowers and Falls

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  • Sharing with you, what you taught me

    To the beautiful ray of light that beamed through the windows of my hollow heart, in my darkest times. I never thought that I could need you more than you needed me. Before you were born, your dad and I were preparing ourselves for your arrival. We moved into a bigger home, I was nesting, we received many gifts from our family, your parents were reading a lot about your growth and grasping an idea of what having a newborn in our lives could possibly mean. Right before you arrived, the home we had just moved into was being taken away by the very same person who let us in. The landlord of where we were rented and had just moved in two months prior to your birthday, was making sure we lived uncomfortably. Before we could move, you were here and we already had spent so much money, to just leave it all behind. As we were just coping with our external and internal fears, we were just getting the hang of a routine and lacking sleep through it all; I was trying to recover physically and mentally with the changes that were happening simultaneously and still, we were forced to leave with you, in our arms. Mommy was a journalist, she worked in news, Daddy operates cameras and we were in the same field, meaning that the hours were all intertwined, our lives were fast-paced and I couldn’t be who I used to be now that I was different. I tried to incorporate myself into society as casually as possible, in the meanwhile, we were dealing with medical bills, packing our recently unpacked bags, managing our newfound relationship as parents, learning the day-by-day function of feeding you, bathing you, putting you to sleep and helping you learn new things as you transcended through your milestones.

    One evening, I arrived home, I got to see your beautiful face after a long day of work and I went to our room to pack some shoes into another box, that was underneath our bed. I collapsed, my body was still, I couldn’t ask for help. Your daddy came into the room, wondering why everything had suddenly become silent and as I laid on the floor, he said: “if you’re tired, go lay on the bed”; I was stuck. When I tried to move my lips to get the words out: “I had fallen unexpectedly”, I couldn’t speak. The words that came out were slurred and my eyes were unstable and I was paralyzed. Daddy, while holding you tight in his arms, called 911, and was checking my vitals. The ambulance came for me and the doctors said I needed to follow up with a neurologist because it seems that my brain may have been reacting to the highly stressful environment we were undergoing. This was not the first and last time I was at the hospital that year. I spent the majority of your starting life, recovering with you. Between moving from house to house, to sleeping in family’s living rooms, to you sleeping in a bassinet instead of your crib that was gifted to you because of limited space, to feeling degraded for asking for help, to feeling depressed because it was not the life, we imagined to give you, just a few weeks before. I was out of work all that time during recovery and so when I had finally returned from medical leave, I couldn’t stop feeling how I felt that same day I collapsed. So, I left my career and I was lost for a little bit more, but I knew that I needed to take the risk on myself, to find reward.

    Then, I found myself through your eyes. I forgave myself and became more gracious with me. I started to learn how to be patient with myself. I learned how to love myself a little more by taking care of my physical and mental health. I realized I depended much on other’s acceptance of me and not my own. I started to set up my own standards, what I defined as happiness and built myself from the dirt, up. I started to slow down and smell the roses. I started visualizing the life I wanted and slowly but surely it started to manifest. All the while, I thought home meant a house, but you taught me, home was us. It is the light you brought into our lives that moved mountains for us, brought expansion, happiness, self-acceptance and pure love. Even through our darkest moments, you taught us that we must love who we are, what we have and abundance will come, discretely and unexpectedly. It is you who taught us that no matter what we go through, we are glorious in who we are and can do anything we set our minds to. I left behind an old and outdated mentality. I removed the circumstances that no longer brought purpose or joy. I appreciated the mornings, the evenings, the minutes in between, to the fullest, now that I knew how simplicity can bring fulfillment. I am only relaying the lessons you’ve taught me my dear, for you taught me to love me, in all of my phases, in all of my shapes, feeling blessed with little on our plates, with a simple roof over our heads and a pillow to sleep on. It’s contemporaneous what we lived in your first year of life. We lost so much yet gained plentifulness. So, love yourself in all your stages, appreciate the little or lot that you have, be honest with yourself and make yourself proud, not anyone else. You need to learn how to be grounded, so that you can rise. Don’t let the bad times define you, they’re temporary. Always be humble, always be grateful, always love yourself and love will find you every day. Thank you for being our sun, our new day and our new beginning, the beaming light of our life.

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  • Telina shared a letter in the Group logo of Mental HealthMental Health group 1 year, 8 months ago

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    Self love from the root

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    CHECK OUT OUR FINALISTS FOR OUR WRITING CONTEST!

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    CHECK OUT OUR FINALISTS FOR OUR WRITING CONTEST!

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  • kdungee1 submitted a contest entry to Group logo of Write a letter to your younger selfWrite a letter to your younger self 2 years, 3 months ago

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    CONTEST ENTRY: To a decade of strength

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  • anelisawrites submitted a contest entry to Group logo of Write a letter to your younger selfWrite a letter to your younger self 2 years, 3 months ago

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    CONTEST ENTRY: You’re alright

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  • CONTEST ENTRY: Embracing Who I Am

    Dear Future Butterflies,

    The ones that are having a hard time fitting in with their peers. I see you guys sitting in your school gym listening to a speaker that doesn’t give you any encouragement for your future.

    Right now, I know many of you feel lost in a world that’s giving you confusing messages on who you are and who you should be. You’re made to believe that you’re supposed to be tough all the time or be a bully & terrorize other kids, but, that’s not who you are deep inside your heart.

    The school world probably isn’t helping bring out those characteristics about yourself that make you ”you”. Nor are your loved ones (bless their hearts). They’ve already picked certain students who they believe will be future stars and left ones like you behind because they see no value in you.

    You want to cry and take your anger out on those who mistreat you, but, you’re afraid, that you don’t have the strength to defend yourself. You have more power inside than you think. You just haven’t been allowed to see it yet. A long adventure awaits you.

    I was like many of you for a long time. I had a hard time showing the qualities that made me feel alive -  because the environment I was around didn’t allow them to grow into healthy flowers. I grew up in a small town in North Carolina for the first fifteen years of my life. I would discover my love for History and Reading there.

    A lot of kids I knew, didn’t share the same love that I had for those two things, so, it was impossible to make friends because the boys I knew were into making fun of others, fighting, and establishing dominance over others.

    Those things never interested me so I became a target of their cruel games. They enjoy bullying me and making me feel low whenever they had the chance. Enough bullying had happened that they got their wish. My self-esteem was in the negatives. That bubbly kid died in middle school.

    I became quiet and only said the bare minimum just to get by without anyone picking on me. It would take years for me to finally rejoice and embrace the qualities of myself that are a part of me. It was a long journey into learning more about myself.

    While my peers had seemed like they had figured their life out and were doing great things, I remained behind just trying to make sure I don’t take the wrong path in life for most of my 20s.

    The amazing part is I would start coming across people online & offline in my 20s that would help me find the path where I’m on today. Now at 32, my self-esteem is in a better place than it’s ever been. I can’t wait to see my progress in five years.

    I share my love for history out in the open. I also would discover this amazing gift called writing -  thanks to a close friend I met on a social media site that I remain close with to this day.

    If someone from the future told me that my life would change 20 years ago, I wouldn’t believe them– because of the mental state I was in at the time.

    Like me, you’ll discover people who will bring those amazing qualities you have out of you and made you feel safe being who you are.

    I wish I could tell you that your journey would be easy, it may be a tough one for you. Rejoice though, you’re gonna make it. Just trust the process, even when it gets painful (which is a hard challenge).

    You’ll do a lot of inner work on yourself, a lot of it will be uncomfortable. You’ll read articles that talk will make you feel bad about yourself. You’ll even have a lot of self-loathing moments.

    You’ll even be mad at yourself for not having the courage to stand up for yourself when you were younger. All of the hardship & pain you’ll go through is to produce a strong human being.

    So, I hope this message empowers you, you’re journey is just beginning and I hope to see you on the other side someday.
    I wish you all much success,

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  • matthewtorrespoetry submitted a contest entry to Group logo of Write a letter to your younger selfWrite a letter to your younger self 2 years, 3 months ago

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    WRITING CONTEST WINNER: Dear Younger Me

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  • claireanuttall submitted a contest entry to Group logo of Write a letter to your younger selfWrite a letter to your younger self 2 years, 3 months ago

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    CONTEST ENTRY: A Game of Snake

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  • asiah_jo submitted a contest entry to Group logo of Write a letter to your younger selfWrite a letter to your younger self 2 years, 3 months ago

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    CONTEST ENTRY: Costs of Pursuing The Appearance Ideal

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  • taliap0723yahoo-com submitted a contest entry to Group logo of Write a letter to your younger selfWrite a letter to your younger self 2 years, 3 months ago

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    CONTEST ENTRY: My mission explained to my younger self

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  • rog submitted a contest entry to Group logo of Write a letter to your younger selfWrite a letter to your younger self 2 years, 3 months ago

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    CONTEST ENTRY: To my younger self

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  • yolig submitted a contest entry to Group logo of Write a letter to your younger selfWrite a letter to your younger self 2 years, 3 months ago

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    CONTEST ENTRY: Thank you!

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  • danidan submitted a contest entry to Group logo of Write a letter to your younger selfWrite a letter to your younger self 2 years, 3 months ago

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    CONTEST ENTRY: To My Younger Self & Those Who Resonate With Suicide: Please Stay

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  • CONTEST ENTRY: To my 18-year-old self

    Dear Sarah,

    You are 18 now and about to graduate from high school. You have so many dreams and hopes and I am so proud of the person you are going to become.

    I am writing from 20 years in the future and I have a very important message to give to you.

    Nothing will ever be the way you imagined it or think it will be like. Things will not work out the way you ever would expect them to. And that is for the best because you will learn so much more about life, love, and people this way.  You will learn that life is not fair, but when it appears that way, life can feel magical. You will learn that love is not something that can be quantified or measured, but only felt in the deepest parts or your soul, that it will speak to you when you need it most.  And the things you learn about the nature of people and how to interact with them will be your saving grace.

    You will cry, hurt, and feel like your heart will never mend from the heartache of life. Life will break you. But you will learn from those moments and pain. Sarah, you will learn your greatest gift: to get back up and keep fighting for your life and heart everyday. You will be able to share and help others learn to cope with the pain of being a person in this day and age.

    When it seems like everything is ending or changing for the worse, you will learn to take the pain you have experienced and make into something full of love and hope. It is difficult, but you have so many good people in your life throughout the years that creating out of pain will become second nature.

    You will learn to stop planning your life in a grand way. Living in the moment will become your saving grace, To learn to take each moment as they come and not expect or anticipate more then there actually is. Learning to love with your whole heart in every moment, to give love to people who need it most will be difficult for you, but so rewarding as well.

    Sarah, I want you to learn that life is full of lessons to be learned and if one is as lucky as you will be, there is always something new to learn about life and love. This is your purpose on this Earth at this time. To learn how to live and love to your fullest and be a force for good. I know you will give it your all.

    I also want you to remember all the good in the world, the good that can come at any moment from a stranger even. I want you to become part of that good and kindness in the world. You have and have had so many good, kind people in your life that it is only right that you also become a force for kindness and learning.  I hope you learn and enjoy your journey as it is happening. Trust yourself. Your voice. I know you can and will.

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  • writingforme submitted a contest entry to Group logo of Write a letter to your younger selfWrite a letter to your younger self 2 years, 3 months ago

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    CONTEST ENTRY: A Pebbled Road For Bare Feet

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  • ladylava33 submitted a contest entry to Group logo of Write a letter to your younger selfWrite a letter to your younger self 2 years, 3 months ago

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    CONTEST ENTRY: Vulnerability Saved Me

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  • kimkilgo submitted a contest entry to Group logo of Write a letter to your younger selfWrite a letter to your younger self 2 years, 3 months ago

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    CONTEST ENTRY: We still have time to figure this thing out

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