March 2, 2013

A Letter To Myself

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What is the issue?

Chill out already. It’s okay to stray from your planned conception of the future. You’re still young and resilient, and even though your surroundings don’t look like the pretty picture you imagined in your head; it will be okay. Try to just go with it. Shakespeare (via Pinterest) said, “Expectation is the root of all unhappiness.” Think on that for a bit, Hannah.

Yes, it is possible to feel alone in your hometown. It will get better. And if it doesn’t, that will be your sign. You know it will be time to move on.

Bring peace to your mind. Love the fact that you earned what you were working toward for the past few years. Be proud.

Try harder to keep in touch with everyone. It seems easy. But you know it will get hard with mortgages and babies and jobs and dishes to wash. These people you know are important though, they’re in your life for a reason. So make a concerted effort to be with them before its too late. Love and be loved.

While we’re at it don’t waste time with the people who aren’t good for you. This life is short. Think about your own mortality. Adjust your behavior accordingly.

Trust your gut feelings more. Emotions contain more knowledge and wisdom than we give them credit for.

Spend less and save more. Or at least buy something more interesting than clothes. Try not to worry so much. Those late nights spent wondering how things will work out are much better spent in the joyful warmth of dream. Know that everything will be okay in the end.

Be less critical of others. We all have our own challenges.

And, Hannah, most importantly – Get outside of your comfort zone. Being terrified of something isn’t a good reason not to do it. It might even be the best reason to try it. TC mark

Hannah Blankenship

Hannah Blankenship lives and works in Fairbanks, Alaska. She’s a recent U-Idaho grad who enjoys writing, all things …

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