“The idea behind writing this letter to a younger self is to acknowledge that I was pretty clueless about life when I was 18, I didn’t know this then but now I do. And I am writing to myself the things I have learned. It’s the take away from the past few years that makes me feel that it is okay. Its okay that I didn’t know better but now I do.”
Dear Younger Karina
You have just turned 18 and you think the world is your oyster don’t you?
It’s not. Not yet. I am not quite sure it will ever even be possible!
You have so much to learn and experience.
Your heart will be broken so many times you will lose count, there will be times when you will cry yourself to sleep. No big deal.
Please open your mind, heart and soul.
Only then will you will learn from what life teaches you.
Pay attention – use all 6 senses.
The most important beauty is from within you – the world will try to convince you that your outer beauty defines you – don’t buy into that.
Invest in inner beauty.
A pure, genuine, happy and kind soul is the woman you ought to be.
Your mom and dad love you very much – they may be too caught up to show it.
Please forgive them.
They have made a lot of sacrifices to help you be the person you are today.
It’s okay to cry and feel hurt when your heart aches and your body is in pain.
Just don’t curl up and remain crying and hurting.
Life may pass you by.
Don’t buy into the idea that you need everyone to like/love you.
You need to love you.
You need to accept that You are who you are and love every part of you.
Love you because no one can love you better than you love you.
Boys will come and go.
At your age, they are pretty clueless.
Do not pay them undue attention.
Do not let steal your youth, break your heart and leave you to nurse yourself.
Save yourself the heartache and focus on personal development, family, school and friends – in that order!
Eat well. Your body will go through drastic changes and it is your duty to care for it.
A balanced diet should be your best friend as regularly as possible.
Be carefree, play outside, laugh as loudly as you can.
Switch off the telly.
Put your phone aside and live outside social media as frequently as you possibly can.
Lastly, do not rush to be older. Enjoy your current season. You will easily think your current season is the absolute worst – IT IS NOT!
Growing up is everything they do not tell or show you. Its no glitz or glamour. It is hard work and comes with many responsibilities.
Enjoy every single moment of your precious life today, yesterday is long gone and tomorrow is a mile away!!
I challenge you to write to a younger you. Tell 18-year-old you what you want him/her to know! Speak from the heart and be as honest and remind yourself what you have learned from all the lemons life has thrown at you.