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Tackling The Mad Grad Student’s Missing Letter Mondays once again…this week we’re banishing the letter B.

Courtesy of Bloglovin – Fat Mum Slim’s “50 things to blog about”:

Write a letter to your 16-year-old self.  What advice would you give?



To my 16-year-old self:

I know your life is in a tailspin right now.  Feelings seem too huge to handle.  The struggle to maintain the status quo is endless, and you worry that one day you’ll simply stop.  Stop moving forward, stop feeling, stop holding it all together and instead let it fall to pieces.  You’re tired of the game.

Just hang on.

The world will not always seem so intimidating.  It won’t always feel like waves crashing over your head and an undertow pulling at your legs.  There will actually come a day when things start to make sense.  A time when you realize the sum of what you know is nowhere near what’s really out there, and you’ll feel okay with that.

You’ll learn to take all of it – the good and the sad and the scary alike – and roll with it.

Further wisdom from your future self…

  • Sing more.  Dance more.  Laugh as often as you can.
  • Smile, even if you don’t feel like it.  Smiling will improve even the crappiest mood, so why not try it?
  • Write.  Every single day.
  • Stop listening to the people who say you aren’t good enough.  You are.
  • Start listening to the people who say you’re amazing and talented and a wonderful person.  You are.
  • You’re going to do great things.  Trust me.  Wonderful things will happen if you’re just open to it.

So go love on the cat while you still can (yeah, you develop a cat allergy later) and work on accepting yourself just as you are.  You really are amazing.

Love, me