Although we are 21 (which is still considered young for most), We have dealt with low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression for years and the trauma carries the substantial weight that feels like a lifetime. In the process of journaling today, we thought to ourselves about the things we would tell our younger self if we had a chance to meet her. We have learned so much about ourselves and other people through different situations and circumstances we have experienced. So for this week, we are going to share with you 8 things we would tell our younger self.
- Life requires balance. You will experience high and lows but it is all part of the journey.
- Growing up, we found it really difficult to relate to others because we didn’t have many things beyond the necessities. And we were also bullied because we were more introverted than most of the students in my classes. Those experiences were painful but they were monumental in our spiritual journey years later.
2. Dance to the beat of your own drum.
- You shouldn’t be obligated to think or feel a certain way because everyone else does. You’re entitled to your own beliefs and opinions. The great about being introverted was that we had the ability to make my own decisions based on value systems. Even though we still felt left out, we knew that we were staying true to who we are and didn’t put ourselves in a situation we didn’t want to be in.
3. You don’t need to have everything figured out.
- As someone who used to be a planner and have everything set, when we went through the period leading to our awakening we really had to learn to let go of the need to control everything. Now, we have found that by being more present and acting on what our intuition has told us makes the process for even the most complicated and stressful situations flow more easily.
4. You create your own expectations.
- You are the one who dictates what you like or dislike, not your friends, peers, family, or society. We suddenly realized the reason we were feeling sad and depressed was that our expectations and reality were disconnected. When you align yourself with your values and act on what’s inspiring or valuable to you, your whole world will change.
5. Self-love is so important.
- We wish that we had utilized having a self-love routine earlier when we were dealing with having low self-esteem. You don’t need anyone validating your existence. Treat yourself as a reminder of your power and potential as a human being.
6. It’s okay to fail.
- We have experienced rejection, failures, and failed paths many times and it hurt us for awhile. But we have learned that a closed door creates an opportunity for another door to open. And that no matter how many times you get knocked down, know that there is a silver lining at the end and that you will get to where you want to be. It takes time.
7. Karma is real.
- What you do to others, you will also do to yourself. How someone treats you is always a reflection of themselves. Preserve your energy for things important to you rather than towards a nasty comment or unkind gesture. The universe always responds accordingly.
8. Continue to keep learning and growing.
- Life is a continuous cycle of learning and applying. You wouldn’t be where you are without the struggles and triumphs that led you this way. Keep discovering yourself and being open to new experiences.