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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

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LETTERS TO MY YOUNGER SELF

This piece, writing a letter to my younger self is actually Pilgrimage to self.'s idea. For about a week, i've been wondering what i would say if i was given the oportunity to write a letter to my younger self. As i thought about it, a time in my life came to me and i immediately knew what my letter would be about. Now my letter is not to a much younger me, its to the me of a few years ago
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Adunniola,
Hi, I know that right now you’re waiting impatiently for your life to “take off” in fact you’re wondering when it will. You feel you’re ready to take the world by storm. Right now, you’re brimming with confidence everything seems to be working just the way you’ve planned it. You feel confident intelligent, wise, savvy, lucky and beautiful. You think everything will work out just the way you’ve always dreamed it. And you can’t understand why you aren’t blooming like everyone your age. However, you have to understand that as a bud tightly bound around a beautiful rose, it’s all for a season and all for a reason.
In your blissful state right now, you probably feel that nothing could possibly go wrong but the winds are getting fierce and a storm is coming you just don’t feel it Slowly but surely a storm is coming and that is the reason your bud has not blossomed. A great storm will come, it will lash out at you, howling and screeching in its great fury, it will bruise your stem, it will bring you to your very knees.
In that time, you will feel ugly and stupid. You will question your faith and even your very existence. All around you will be bleak and dark and it will seem like the morning will never come. Now I hate to burst your bubble girl and I’m not writing all this to scare you. I’m writing it to guide you because in that time you’ll be too confused to think straight because all you’ll feel is your pain.
So first, you have to stop, see and listen. Stop your headlong rush to nowhere and consider your surroundings. Take in everything around you, see and listen to the people around you. In doing so, you might find some necessary provisions for the storm ahead and you might even find that the intensity of the storm coming lessened by what you will come to know.
  • Tie up every loose end. Do what needs to be done NOW not tomorrow. Don't leave things till the last minute. Procrastination truly is the thief of time.
  • Don’t be afraid to be you. Remember first impressions matter but try not to create false impressions.
  • Relationships are meant to be nutured. They are not games or contests between you and him. Cherish what you have and give "him" a chance. When he says "I care, that's when i'm quiet" he really means it. Don't be afraid to give your heart and please when you don't have the right words to say, keep quiet.
  • Don't be afraid to tell the truth to the people you care about. It'll hurt them more if you don't.
  • Don't give up something just because it's hard or you've failed because you just might succeed at your next try.
  • Put your roots deep in God's word. So that you'll be able to stand when the storm comes.
  • Finally remember, the tight rosebud in the midst of blooming roses does not hide an ugly flower rather, knowing that the storm will come, it hides and nutures a beautiful, delicate blossom taking its time to create a masterpiece.
Your Older self
Adunni
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LETTERS TO MY YOUNGER SELF

This piece, writing a letter to my younger self is actually Pilgrimage to self.'s idea. For about a week, i've been wondering what i would say if i was given the oportunity to write a letter to my younger self. As i thought about it, a time in my life came to me and i immediately knew what my letter would be about. Now my letter is not to a much younger me, its to the me of a few years ago
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Adunniola,
Hi, I know that right now you’re waiting impatiently for your life to “take off” in fact you’re wondering when it will. You feel you’re ready to take the world by storm. Right now, you’re brimming with confidence everything seems to be working just the way you’ve planned it. You feel confident intelligent, wise, savvy, lucky and beautiful. You think everything will work out just the way you’ve always dreamed it. And you can’t understand why you aren’t blooming like everyone your age. However, you have to understand that as a bud tightly bound around a beautiful rose, it’s all for a season and all for a reason.
In your blissful state right now, you probably feel that nothing could possibly go wrong but the winds are getting fierce and a storm is coming you just don’t feel it Slowly but surely a storm is coming and that is the reason your bud has not blossomed. A great storm will come, it will lash out at you, howling and screeching in its great fury, it will bruise your stem, it will bring you to your very knees.
In that time, you will feel ugly and stupid. You will question your faith and even your very existence. All around you will be bleak and dark and it will seem like the morning will never come. Now I hate to burst your bubble girl and I’m not writing all this to scare you. I’m writing it to guide you because in that time you’ll be too confused to think straight because all you’ll feel is your pain.
So first, you have to stop, see and listen. Stop your headlong rush to nowhere and consider your surroundings. Take in everything around you, see and listen to the people around you. In doing so, you might find some necessary provisions for the storm ahead and you might even find that the intensity of the storm coming lessened by what you will come to know.
  • Tie up every loose end. Do what needs to be done NOW not tomorrow. Don't leave things till the last minute. Procrastination truly is the thief of time.
  • Don’t be afraid to be you. Remember first impressions matter but try not to create false impressions.
  • Relationships are meant to be nutured. They are not games or contests between you and him. Cherish what you have and give "him" a chance. When he says "I care, that's when i'm quiet" he really means it. Don't be afraid to give your heart and please when you don't have the right words to say, keep quiet.
  • Don't be afraid to tell the truth to the people you care about. It'll hurt them more if you don't.
  • Don't give up something just because it's hard or you've failed because you just might succeed at your next try.
  • Put your roots deep in God's word. So that you'll be able to stand when the storm comes.
  • Finally remember, the tight rosebud in the midst of blooming roses does not hide an ugly flower rather, knowing that the storm will come, it hides and nutures a beautiful, delicate blossom taking its time to create a masterpiece.
Your Older self
Adunni

7 comments:

Pilgrimage to Self said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely! Thanks for taking part. see my blog for something I am thinking of starting.

Ore said... Best Blogger Tips

Awww, this is nice. I enjoyed reading it.

Adunni said... Best Blogger Tips

@ ore
Thanks. i thought it was bad. Really bad i only had the guts to post it b'cos i had made a commitment to do it. (plus pilgrimagetoself sent me a "nice" reminder).
I'm glad i tied it though.

Onada said... Best Blogger Tips

nicely written! thanks for sharing this with us.

tiwalade said... Best Blogger Tips

very nice letter!n very good advice i'll take it up so my older self won't have to many regrets (hopefully).maybe i'll try it too but this time to my older self.check out my blog to see it when i do

Belle said... Best Blogger Tips

This was sooo insightful! I loved it. I thought about writting one too, but i knew it would be too painful.

albibie said... Best Blogger Tips

I am 3 years older than you are and i wish i had read that three years ago. Listen to your words. They will keep you strong long after you thought you should have given up. All the best.