Letter To My Future Self

Dear Nikki,

Number one, I really really hope you’re working at the job I really want right now.  If you’re not, then I hope you’re working someplace equally awesome.  Don’t settle for a shitty job because you’re terrified of being broke.  I know it sucked to have your career path/5 year plan go tits up on you, but I hope you learned from it.

I hope you learned that the Universe will manifest what you ask for, even if you don’t specifically ask.  All those thoughts you had about how the commute was kinda starting to suck, and you were kinda bored, and the way customers were getting under your skin?  What you didn’t want to admit was that it was time to move on, so you kept talking yourself out of it. Listen to your instincts.

I hope you learned that you should work around your priorities. Why is it a priority if it’s not put first?  You define what’s important, not anyone else.  If you allow others to impose their priorities on you than you’re telling everyone, including yourself, that you don’t matter.

I hope you learned that you do matter.  That you deserve better.  That no matter what the situation, you always have a choice.  And you should always make the choice that is best for you.

I hope you learned that fear is limiting and serves no purpose.  Ask yourself what is the worst that can happen?  What’s your Plan Z?  Confront your fears and find courage on the other side.  You are stronger than you think.

I hope you learned not to underestimate yourself. Stop selling yourself short.  You have to value yourself before anyone else will.

I hope you learned to take better care of yourself.  Eat healthy.  Be active.  Don’t let anything stress you to the point that you stop doing those things, especially not for years.  It’s going to take a while to undo this damage.  Don’t let it happen again.

Remember this:

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

(From The Desiderata of Happiness by Max Ehrmann)

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