In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “From You to You.”
Dear young 14 year old self, if only you could see the world now.
The world has changed in so many ways that you could not possibly understand. If I could do anything now it would not be to teach you the current technologies or our society but to be able to educate you on who you are and who you have become.
I know at fourteen you may think you know what’s going on but your life is so wonderfully sheltered. Don’t let anyone destroy your bubble, your bubble allows you to continue to become who you are. Remind yourself to continue through life through your perspective no matter what occurs.
Don’t worry if you feel self-conscious remind yourself this is natural and ask yourself what triggered you to think this way. It’s hard to understand at fourteen but trust me when I say it will allow you to start to understand who you are and how you are shaping to be as a person.
Other girls may look confident but I want you to understand right now that those girls who you think have everything going for them are just as self-conscious as you are feeling right now. Never forget if you do have these feelings talk to someone. Talking to someone may seem daunting and embarrassing but if you understand that your mum has gone through the same experiences your currently going through you may realise she can help you.
I want you to realise you are a smart, beautiful girl who people believe and trust in more than you will ever know. I hope people remind you how beautiful you are and you actually take it seriously, even if it’s your mum. I will tell you a little trick that I have learnt and you should implement everyday. Have belief and confidence in yourself! No one can read your self-conscious thoughts and no one knows that you are the harshest critic on yourself. However, all these negative thoughts will start deteriorating your confidence in yourself. Remember it’s not the end of the world if you stuffed up a test, it has no real impact on your life!
Lastly, learn from your mistakes. Be prepared that you are going to make 1000’s of mistakes in your life, some huge some little but all those mistakes you made you must find a positive insight. You will learn so much more from the mistakes you made then your successes. Trust me when I say you will be fine. I can understand that at the time you think it’s the end of the world and it may change your life but your a strong independent woman who can adapt to what ever life throws at you and that is one of the most valuable skills you have.
Remember this quote:
You’ll never believe in yourself if you keep comparing yourself to others