Pep Talk to Self

Typical, 50-something, overcast and raining

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the [one] who’ll decide where to go.”
-Dr. Seuss

Dear Self,

This is hard. I don’t have to tell you that. You miss your friends. You miss your home. You miss the sun like Heidi Montag’s mother misses her old face–the first one. But despite that you are supposed to be here. You belong in this place for this time. It’s normal to feel anxious. It’s normal to feel sad. These things are all a part of the process and you are crafting yourself into the best possible version of you by simply being here. It’s not easy to step outside of your comfort zone; that’s why most people don’t do it. And if you ever want to see what Australia has in store for you, you have to stay the course here. And aren’t you curious. Don’t you want to know? Your future self is so proud of you for taking this step in her direction. She wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for you. She’s depending on you. I know you won’t let her down. In moments of uncertainty let other people’s perceptions of you guide you. Be smart, funny, strong, clever. See the bright side. Be the bright side. And remember:

“You are so young, so much before all beginning, and I would beg you…as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”
-Rainer Maria Rilke

About J.

A former twentysomething with a head full of curls and heart full of questions wondering: when we get to nirvana, will there be food?
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