Our latest letter to a younger self is from Melissa (43) in Johannesburg.
Dear 20 year old me,
Stop being so hard on yourself. The greatest obstacle to our success if your own timid mind, afraid of your own thoughts, afraid of what other people might think of us.
Have the courage to go for your dreams. Our parents will want us to study law, but you know deep down inside that we are supposed to pursue our art and music.
Do not let them force you to waste five years of your life in studying something that you will ultimately move away from. Go for it now. Believe in yourself. And don’t be bitter towards them – they only want the best for you, even if they don’t really get it.
You are talented and even though it will take a lot of hard work to get there, you can do it.
I miss being you and having so much energy and adventures ahead. Enjoy the journey, have fun along the way and be grateful every day.
All my love,
Thank you for sharing your letter Melissa, that is very valuable advice for all of us, especially believing in ourselves and going after our own dreams. In our quest to make the people around us happy, we sometimes lose sight of the fact that it is not their life to live, but ours and that it is a precious, one-of-a-kind thing not to be wasted pursuing things that won’t make us happy. Much love, – Melanie