An Open Letter to My Younger Self

Dear My Younger Self,

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“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” ― Maya Angelou

I am taking part in the 30 Day Open Letter Challenge and each day for the next month I have to write an open letter as designated by the Challenge. Today is Day 2, “an open letter to my younger self”.

When I think about the circumstances that surrounded your birth, I am reminded that some of us are born to defy the odds. Somewhere within you was the will to live–against the odds–you knew you wanted to live at all costs. I am who I am at 24 because you refused to give up, your spirit of resiliency lives in me still.

Of course I’ve made a lot of mistakes since you were born. I had my fair share of doubts, as most people do. Sometimes I thought of a life where you and I were no longer a part of it. But you have carried me through those moments. Your little voice would remind me: keep going.

Growing up you never fitted in with the kids in your class. Even today, I don’t always feel like I fit in. However, the beauty of never fitting in is that you learn to stand alone in your truth and live a more authentic life. You will accomplish great things at a young age and you and I will both continue to aspire to reach higher, to continue to live the dream.

I guess I just wanted to say thank you for not losing hope and for all the times you endured the loneliness often paired with being different. You helped me to develop thick skin.
Love you.

With Love,

Mark

PS: you are going to grow up to be fierce and don’t you ever forget that you are FABULOUS.

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