Here’s a question for you:
If you could give your younger self advice using just three words, what would they be?
I thought about the people things said to me along my life. The actions I made okay and words I let affect me. The experiences and feelings that sit with me now.
Being someone’s second choice, and accepting that as okay. The insecurities that stuck with me.
Then I think about the times where their words and actions didn’t matter. The people in my life who I felt most free and confident with.
My almost 60 year old self would tell my 18 year old self:
Know your worth.
The longer advice?
Understand that people’s judgements, words and actions do not always come from a good and honest place. Often they come from their own insecurities, manipulation, jealousy and baggage.
If you love something…do it, wear it, sing it, make it happen. Whatever passions you have, go for it. Whatever is in your heart…say it. Express it.
Do not keep people in your life who break you, make you feel unworthy, do not bring you joy. Do not play it safe. Do not settle.
You do you. Learn from pain, soak up knowledge, grow, share, experience, take risks, love how you love, walk away from people and things that don’t support you. It’s your life. No one else’s.
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