Dear Younger Self,
What were my dreams? Wow, where should I start? Plan wisely! The dreams of becoming a pediatrician can be fulfilled with the right plan and mentors. When you look in the mirror smile and know that your intelligence and beauty exist both inside and outside. As I was told the only person who can stop YOU from fulfilling your dreams is the person looking back in the mirror. You will learn that confidence is built over time and experience.
As you matriculate through grade school, high school, and college you will see how the dynamics of family and friendship change tremendously. I would call these the years of maturation, responsibility and ultimately adulthood. There is so much to weather through on the road to adulthood joy, pain, love, dislike (hate is a strong word) births and death. Although a loss is hard to deal with as you are becoming an adulthood, remember some experiences help to make you stronger. The friends you meet and have along the way may not last a lifetime however real friendships last an eternity. Growth has so much value to build who you are becoming as an adult. Educate yourself to ensure a brighter future and opportunities. Set goals no matter how big or small, have a vision that becomes reality.
In order to realize your dreams, always surround yourself with people who are supportive and moving in the same direction of success. Eliminate negative people, places and things as this will only halt your growth.
Always have the ability to challenge what you believe. The phrase “I can’t” is unacceptable if it closes doors to your dreams. Each year try something new, never have regrets. The words” I can’t” should never be a part of your vocabulary. Fear has no place in a fulfilled life, travel and see the world to gain perspective on other people, places, and cultures. When it is time to choose a mate look for the values and abilities you have achieved for yourself. I know the old adage is opposites attract but commonality makes a huge difference in a loving long term relationship. The way to your heart should be someone who offers you unconditional love, support, respect, appreciates every facet of who you are even with your imperfections, compliments your growth, and uplifts your spirit. You, in turn, should reciprocate the same qualities you hope to receive from another.
Life is filled with so many experiences so make the most of every hour, second, day, month and year you are blessed to receive. First and foremost, continue to love who you see in the mirror!