A Letter to My Younger Self

Author: Lauren S.

Earlier today, I was going through an old photo album as I came across some pictures of me as a child, before most of my mental problems developed. This inspired me to come up with a list of things I would say to myself if I could go back in time.

 

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First off, don’t overthink everything.

Things will always work out, no matter what.

You will get through whatever obstacles life will throw at you.

 

It’s okay to make mistakes.

Learn from them.

Don’t obsess over the little things that go wrong in life.

 

Your weight does not define you.

You do not have to be a certain weight to be beautiful.

You are amazing the way you are.

 

Restricting your calories is NOT healthy!

Don’t you dare do it, or even consider it.

 

Don’t bottle up your feelings.

Speak up. Be heard.

 

Stop waiting for your happiness.

Happiness won’t just come to you.

You have to work for it.

 

Don’t even consider suicide.

It is not an option.

 

Stop trying to be someone you are not.

Don’t try to alter anything about yourself.

That’s what makes you who you are.

 

Never hurt yourself. Ever.

It’s not worth it.

Leaving permanent scars on your body is not worth the temporary relief. 

 

Know that no matter what, you are not alone.

So many people understand what you are going through.

You have such a bright future ahead of you.

Don’t give up. Please, stay strong.

 

– Lauren S.

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