There are a series of YouTube videos called #Dearme. It’s a campaign that honors and celebrates, International Women’s Day, which is today. The campaign asks women, what advice they’d give to their younger selves. I like the idea, even though I don’t have a YouTube channel. So in true blogger style, I present to you, my advice to my younger self.
Dear Younger Me,
Love yourself and don’t change yourself to make others love you. If a friend or partner can’t accept you as you are, they’re not worth your time.
Girl, you better strut it and stop being so insecure about your body image. Your body will later go through the blender of life that is pregnancy and childbirth and you’ll wonder what all the fuss was about earlier.
Follow your dreams, it’s never too late. Don’t put a timeline on pursuit of happiness and knowledge. Life is for living and learning. It’s not a series of steps (highschool, college, etc.), it’s not linear. It’s an experimental process and you can and should do what you’d like with it, because YOLO.
Take care of yourself from the inside out. Sure hair isn’t everything, but don’t dye it, chemically straighten it, jump in a pool of chlorine then sit out in the sun all day without a hat, each and every day of your summer vacation. Your 30-year-old self called and wants some of that hair that you killed back, especially on my edges.
Sharing is good for yourself and the world. So share a part of yourself in everything you do. Share your ups, downs, your losses, your wins, your wisdom, your lack of understanding, your love, your time, your money, your food and your heart will thank you for it.
What advice would you give to your younger self?