Dear Current Self

Dear Current Self,

You’ve often seen people writing to their past selves and letters to their future self but I think you need this letter right now.

Your current self is struggling with a lot of things that you need to escape from.  And in the future, you need to come back to this letter and read it over and over again when the world seems to be closing in on you.

Things you need to know about your current self:

  1. * No matter how much they try to break you, no matter how much they put you down, don’t believe a single thing they say about you.  You are better than that.
  2. * On those days that you feel like you’ve failed the boy, look at the little post it note on your computer that he wrote to you.  Remember those times he’s told you, you are the best Mom ever.  It may not always feel like that, but those are his unprompted, from the heart, words.
  3. Current Self You Never Fail Me
  4.  * It’s okay to have bad days.  It’s okay to cry and feel vulnerable.  Admitting this isn’t failure, it’s being human.
  5.  * When you look in the mirror and don’t like what you see, remind yourself that you’re a work in progress and you’re doing things to make it better.  It may be small, very small steps but you’re moving forward.
  6.  * You’ve gone through things that would have broken others, but you’ve done it all with grace and the strength people admire you for.
  7. * Being single isn’t always a bad thing.  Sure you have your lonely days, but you are living your life on your terms and not settling for someone that doesn’t deserve you.  Remind yourself that the grass isn’t always greener.
  8. * Advocating for yourself is never a bad thing.  People are ready and willing to help you, you just need to ask.
  9. * It’s okay too, to just shut yourself off from the world for a day.  Turn off your phone, stay away from social media and just do something your current self will love you for.  In the end, it will make you a better person.
  10. * Never apologize to anyone for who you are and what you believe in.
  11. * Remind your current self that there are people out there that want you to fail.  Don’t give them the satisfaction.  There may be bumps in the road but never give up.

And in the end, just remind yourself of the great words of Stuart Smalley “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough and doggone it, people like me!”


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