Dear 18 year-old self,
You are a writer. You do not need to assure yourself that you are one. Embrace your pen with all of your heart. I know that you have a lot of doubts and insecurities in your body. You are unique, stop comparing yourself to others. You will always find someone who is better than you; you don’t need to sit in a corner and rant that you are not a good writer. Be happy of who you are. Do not be afraid to discover your talents and extend yourself beyond your current limitation. I know that you are still struggling because you cannot believe what others see in you, try to understand that each person has his own potential. Sometimes he was just clouded by his insecurities and fears. It is for this reason that he cannot find the beauty of his capabilities. Dear young lady, try to remove your current eyeglasses and wear a new one so that you could see yourself in a different perspective. Believe in yourself. Have that courage to write that story that is worth telling for. Look for your voice. Do not heed those negative thoughts and senseless criticisms. You may have your frailties as a young writer; but it does not mean you will stop from learning and pushing yourself to become a better you. Please stop saying that you cannot be a writer because you are still half-baked. You are worthy. You have a place in the world of written work. Do not give up. Keep on writing. Someday, you shall find someone who could be your mentor. Hold on. Do not let your worries to surpass the hope that you are clinging to right now.
I know that you have a lot of insecurities in your body because you feel like you are not beautiful. I want you to know that true beauty is not about having a stunning body and alluring physique. The BB cream that you use to conceal the blemishes of your skin, the eye shadows that you apply on your eyelids, the eye liners that you paint to make your eyes a little bit bigger, the blush-on that you put to have an artificial blush, and that coral pink lipstick that you put on your lips should not define you. The real beauty of a lady should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of her inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. Remember that charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting. The woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Make the Lord the apple of your eyes and you will be more beautiful than you are right now. You do not need to take your selfie and upload it at your Facebook account to gather likes in order to assure yourself. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You were made after God’s own image. You are beautiful because you are God’s craftsmanship.
In life, you will experience a lot pain, frustrations and setbacks. Always remember that God’s grace is sufficient to supply your needs. Just knock and the door will be open. Ask and you shall receive. Sometimes, you do not receive because you do not knock and ask. He who has begun a good work in you is faithful to finish the work that He has started. Do not be disheartened. The pain that you are experiencing right now is just the dark before the morning.
Keep pressing on. Life is beautiful. Each day has a promise of hope and brand new beginning.
Fight the good fight of life!
Your 20 year-old self