A letter to my younger self

Stop wishing you were older as that is what’s going to happen anyway. Also, don’t wish you were younger, as growing older is a privilege. Focus on the present because (just as everyone has always told you) time goes far too quickly and gets faster the older you get.

Age also doesn’t provide you with happiness. Neither do jobs, relationships or material things. Happiness is not something you can get from anything in fact. It comes from inside. But don’t put pressure on feeling happy all the time. Because you won’t always be happy, but that’s okay too, because everything in life is temporary. So appreciate the good and tolerate and learn from the bad, as better times are coming.

You don’t need to be like anyone else as you are already just the way you should be. Your uniqueness makes you, YOU. That is the reason someone will fall in love with you one day.

People will come and go in your life. Be open and give everyone a chance, but don’t let anyone take you for granted. You are worth more than that, and never forget it.

Recognise those who are there for you through the tough times, but also those who are still cheering you on during your successes. Because not everyone wants to see you win.

Break-ups are always tough, but they are also important. It can make you realise how strong you really are. They are also not limited to romantic relationships. Friendship break-ups are real too.

But on the subject of relationships, boys who seem like they are mean, generally are. Don’t waste your time hoping someone will change. If they do, it will probably be too late, so steer clear.

Listen to others. Criticism can be a bitter pill to swallow, but take it on the chin. Always listen, but choose which pieces of information you want to take on board. There will be a lot of hot air from people who equally don’t know it all, but will act like they do.

I spoke before about time, and how it won’t wait for you. So live in the moment and do all the things you’ve ever wanted NOW, as there will never be a “right” time.

Laugh. Laugh a lot. Laughing is good for the soul. It keeps you young.

Spend as much time as you can with your loved ones. Appreciate each and every second you spend with them. Tell them that you love them daily.

And finally, please try not to worry so much about the future. I know you will, but try to live more in the present. There isn’t an ultimate destination, so instead, enjoy the crazy journey of highs and lows, the good and the bad, and always, always be kind. Kindness costs nothing, but could mean the world to someone.

Marcella x

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