…I would send these to myself in the past:
People are going to criticize, no matter what you do. Do it anyway; do whatever makes you happy because in the end, it’s not about you and them; it’s about defining yourself and creating your own happiness. Stop trying to make everyone happy because it’s not worth it.
You’re gonna love someone deeply, and you might think that it would last, so you might do anything to keep him/her stay, even sacrifying your happiness in the process. Don’t. Because sometimes things just don’t work out, and sometimes you just have to let them go.
Don’t let anyone tell you that your dignity is defined by something superficial, something that can be taken from you such as physical appearance, or material possession, or social status, or even innocence, because they’re not what defines you. Your worth is in your character, your personality, your principles and sets of value, your way of thinking, and most importantly, it’s in your love for yourself.
Life isn’t only about finding answers; it is also about preparing ourselves to face the possibilities of answers.
…and I would send these to myself in the future:
No matter what you’ve been through, or what you’re going through, or what you’ll go through, always believe in yourself, because I know you’ll get through it.
If you have kids, let them make their own mistakes and learn from them. You can only show them the way, but it has to be them who take the steps—but always be there for them no matter what.
If someday you’re scrolling through this post and read what I have written here, I hope you will be smiling reading this.