I was recently asked to write a letter to my 15 year old self as part of a series for The Growing Colours website. I found it quite challenging but worthwhile, so I wanted to share it on my own personal blog.
I know that you put a lot of pressure on yourself to be the best and to do the best in everything that you do but I want to let you know that it is ok to fail. Failure is nothing more and nothing less by which the road you walk your path to success.
I know you love to dream big and I encourage you to keep on doing so. I do not want you to be discouraged by others or by fear. I want you to know that anything is possible as long as you believe in yourself and have faith.
“Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, ‘Do not be afraid; just believe.’” (Mark 5:36). I know you do not pay great attention to the Bible or to God but I suggest you begin to explore your faith more. Get closer to God and ask for the Holy Spirit to direct your footsteps.
Do not allow yourself to be easily influenced by others. You are strong, independent and powerful. What is meant for others, is not always meant for you and this is ok. Do not get jealous and avoid envy, your time is coming.
I challenge you to do something outside of your comfort zone. Promise me that you will never stop reading and gaining knowledge. Knowledge is power. Do not allow distractions to hinder your passions.
I know that you are in a rush to be an adult, but trust me adulthood is not as fun as you may think. With freedom comes great responsibility, so please enjoy your teenage years.
Continue working hard and remember that every decision you make will either hinder you from or bring you one step closer to achieving your dreams.
Remember ‘our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.’
A wise person once told me that people who are preparing to be great and successful do not have time to dwell in their sorrows when they face setbacks. So every time you face a disappointment, get discouraged or rejected, remember that. Remember that you are great. Remember that you are a Child of the Most High God. And most importantly remember that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
So dream big, live life and gain plenty experiences.
Be kind and be generous.
Gain knowledge and share this with others.
Be the best that you can be.
From a more experienced, older version of yourself.
You can find the article here: https://www.theglowingcolours.com/letter-younger-self-theodora/