A Letter To My Younger Self

Nicolai Berntsen

 Prepare for some of the most trying years of your life. Years that will stretch you to your limits and allow you to discover strength and courage within yourself that you never thought possible.

You will make mistakes; you will fall and get back up again. People will walk in and out of your life, and while you may feel like you can’t go on without them – you can and you will. You will have your heart broken, you will be taken advantage of and played a fool, but through these tribulations you will learn the value of good people.

Although at times you will act selfishly, you will eventually realize what and who are the most important things in your life. You will shed a lot of tears, indulge in laughter, bask in moments of pure joy and navigate waves of unbearable heartache. At times you will want to give up. During these times of despair you will feel helpless and as if you can’t go on. You will persevere, and above all, you will come out stronger and more invincible than ever before. Trust that there are better days ahead – full of love, hope, and endless possibilities.

You will suffer from loss and go through some of the most difficult days of your life. The true friends you surround yourself with now will turn into family, stay by your side no matter how many miles may separate you, and guide you through these tough times. They’ll also be there for all of the happiest times, of which there will be many. There will be moments that you take for granted. Things will fall apart in order to come together. Stop and take a moment to appreciate the little things every once in a while.

You will struggle with trying to define yourself. You will become the person you think other people want you to be and confuse these false ideals with who you are. Once you let go and stop caring what other people think of you that is when you’ll truly be free to be you.

You will learn to trust yourself and your instincts. You will be independent and take risks, all while learning the true value of hard work. Don’t stop setting goals for yourself, you will reach them and go further than you’ve ever dreamed of.

It will take a river of tears and many restless nights but eventually you will find a love so pure and unconditional in a place you never thought possible. That love will take you to new heights of self-discovery and compassion.

It may seem hard to believe, but years from now you will look back on the beautiful journey that has brought you to this very moment in time and you will smile and not regret a single thing. TC mark

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