Winding down

Tagged as: lessons, methinks, ramble

As the year comes to an end, we enter the retrospection mode (not you? then I guess it’s just me..). To say that this year was different than any other, is an understatement. With bebu, everything seems a lot more precious. And some, not so much. The center of my universe has changed for sure. And I have too. Bebu has given me a new perspective about myself. I wish I was half as confident in my teens. But, you live and you learn. How we were in the past, shapes our future. So I can’t really wish for things to be different.

There’s a series of letters written by people to their 16 year old selves, Dear Me. This triggered a whole slew of posts across the internet with multiple people talking about their experiences and what they learned. And I can see why. Our view of who we are and where we want to head, changes so much from our tween years to when we hit our 30s. I’m a few months shy of hitting 30. With a baby and being with this amazing person for a good part of 7 years, I see where I was then and how far I’ve come. I can say that I love being at this point in my life. So, I know I’m late to the party, but now seemed like a good time to pen this.

Letter to my 16 year old self
My letter to my 16 year old self:

  1. Be more confident. Everyone isn’t here to judge you. Even if they are, should it matter?
  2. It’s ok if you don’t have all the answers. But don’t let that stop you from asking questions
  3. Try everything. You don’t have to like it. It’s even ok to hate it.
  4. Don’t let other people tell you who you are. Find it out for yourself.
  5. Don’t pretend to like something because others do.
  6. It’s ok to be quirky. That’s what makes you unique.
  7. Don’t give up on things. Don’t let the first tumble you take prevent from getting up and trying it again.
  8. Keep reading. Books, newspapers, stupid romantic novels, comics. There’s something to learn from everything
  9. Try to find something good in everything. That’ll prevent you from being negative.

There are so many things that I could add to this list. But that’s not just applicable to my 16 year old self 🙂 What can I say, need to keep iterating on a better me everyday.

Happy New Year!

~Preeti