Still struggling with ‘bloganuary’, honestly. lol
Today’s prompt is “What advice would you give to your teenage self?”
Oh, this could be a book just in-and-of itself.
Wow. I guess I thought the prompts would be something simple like, oh, “blue”, not “dig deep into your soul and start facing the shadows.” This is going to be an interesting month.
There really is so, so much I would tell myself, like wear what you like, your feet will thank you for comfortable shoes, keep walking every day, put that alcoholic drink down and never pick up another, STOP EATING ALL THOSE REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUPS (and potato chips), stop, breathe, and then decide (you don’t have to make decisions on the spot), learn how to meditate; the list goes on.
But the biggest thing (without getting too, too personal) would be to know you are good enough. Trust yourself. Stop looking for validation from others. Being pleased with you today doesn’t mean they will be tomorrow – do not pin your worth on their feelings. Just because someone likes you doesn’t mean he deserves your time. Trust your gut. Friends come and go. Don’t take anyone else’s opinion as gospel. Stop trying to make everyone else happy and pay attention to your own happiness. Keeping harmony in relationships doesn’t mean living a life that doesn’t fit you. Do not accept someone else’s shitty treatment of you. Newsflash: if someone disagrees with you, it’s not the end of the world. Really, it’s not.
Take care of yourself; you matter, too.
YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH.
The teenage me is crying because she never knew that and she wonders how different her life would have been if she had.
©Pip Miller – January 2022
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