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  • telina27 shared a letter in the Group logo of To my younger selfTo my younger self group 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Advice to my younger self

    Dear Little Telina,

    Don’t be so hard on yourself or push people away because of fear of getting hurt. Don’t allow others to make you doubt how beautiful and strong you are. I know at such a young age you had to be strong on your own, but just know there are so many people who love you as you are, without the masks or people pleasing. I know that you just want to fit into a box, but remember sometimes we are meant to stand out. Sometimes we are meant to be outside the box that we are placed in so we can learn what it is like to love ourselves regardless of what people think of us. I want you to know that you do not need to seek approval from other people to be yourself. You do not need to pretend to be what other people want you to be just to feel loved.
    I used to be you and felt the same way, but I learned as I got older that it is me who makes myself happy, and not anyone else. We grew up in a family that swept things under the rug because it was easy. The thing is sometimes things have to come to the surface so we can heal any past pain or hurt we have. We were taught to push how we felt down and I want you to know that feeling your feelings is a strength, and not a weakness. I want you to know that you are important because you are here and still thriving. Each and everyone of us is here for a purpose, and you are here to shine your light onto others so they can see how beautiful they are. You are here to be a beacon to those that do not have a voice and cannot speak up for how they feel. Your strength is having a big heart and sharing it with people who need it when they are feeling down. Don’t allow anyone to take that away from you.
    You don’t know this yet, but you will be the first one to go to college and graduate with a Bachelors in English. You will write to inspire others and to help people. You can accomplish so much because of how strong willed you are. The best advice I can give you is to follow your heart and listen to your gut because it will never steer you in the wrong direction. Give yourself time to grow and learn from any mistakes that you make. Don’t be so hard on yourself because we all deserve to grow from any mistakes that we do make. You are on a journey of self discovery and self love allow that to give you strength. Allow that to fuel you forward when you have any self doubt. You can do so much and taking the risk is the best part of living.

    I love you so much,

    Sincerely

    Telina
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    • This is such an amazing story Telina! I relate so much to this because I’ve been through a rough patch in life where I was hard on myself; and not only that I was also hard on the people I surrounded myself around. It’s a great deal in life when sometimes putting to much pressure on yourself can affect others around you as well. Especially when it’s at that young age where everyone in school and outside of school does things to please people and not their own needs. I’m glad to see that you’ve developed so much learning experiences and had taken on many risks to obtain your true self. I’m also glad that you felt inspired to write and share how much you’ve been through as a younger you; and also glad that you share your experiences to inspire others like me who has been in a similar predicament.

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      • Thank you for saying that. I honestly have always loved to help and inspire people just because of my upbringing. I didn’t have a bad childhood, in fact it was a great one. I couldn’t help but feel invisible as a child just because I was the middle child. I think we tend to retreat when we feel invisible, and that is something that takes a long time to heal. I am happy that it resonated with you so much and you could relate to my story. I feel as though we need to talk to our childhood selves to self soothe and love ourselves in the best way possible. As I said in my letter we have to learn how to make ourselves stronger on our own so we can learn what we can and cannot handle. I love to write for that reason it speaks to people and allows who we truly are to come out on the pages. How was your childhood? @kayjahlorde

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