Payal Johri An open letter to my younger self November 29, 2017

Dearest soul,

I know you’re struggling between what’s lost, what’s in hand and what you expect to be yours in the coming years.

Life is a beautiful journey (probably a statement you might have heard umpteen number of times by now, and let me assure you, you’ll keep hearing it all your life!) but in reality, life is hard, very hard; hard in a very beautiful fashion because it teaches you lessons in ways not even your most favourite teacher would have.

I know you might be having panic attacks thinking about the approaching end of your graduation year. I understand you might be wrecking upon that dream job you’ve been laying all your hopes on since the day you started dreaming. I recognise the pain of separating from your beloved friends who were your entire life up until now.

I appreciate that optimistic worm that slithers in and out just in time for you to head on just another day without a doubt stomping you down. I qualify you for the fact that you’re doing just fine and you will make it through everything you thought you would one day.

That guy you are dating might not be the one for you but don’t worry because he will only teach you who not to compromise with in your life; just live in the moment and enjoy the little memories that life has to offer, is offering you.

Stop stressing over that nasty underestimating acquaintance of yours. She’s probably just jealous of you. Don’t let anybody diminish your light because, at the some point in life when you will look back to this time, all of these minuscule things won’t even matter. Trust me, it won’t.

Even a tiny effort towards your dreams is an effort, enough to get you close to it.

Your dream job is not a distant dream unless you decide to give up on it because even a tiny effort towards your dreams is an effort, enough to get you close to it. Do not ever give up rather keep moving ahead consistently.

Recognise the ones who matter and hold on to them. Although time can heal everything, the people and their trust once lost can never be re-instilled. The relationships that you earn throughout your life are the only gift worth treasuring and boasting about. Rest are just momentary pleasures.

Back in the days I always thought how wonderful it would have been if we could somehow just ‘Shift+Dlt’ all our mistakes and errors, and just start from the very beginning, but it is now that I realise that all those errors, all those mistakes, all those stupid decisions were after all worth the trial because all this while I was hating myself for all my stupid decisions, the pieces were actually aligning themselves to fit in perfectly and complete my picture for me.

When the then me will meet now me.

You might have heard it from a number of people that time sets everything straight but hearing it from your own self is something entirely different; because time does set everything straight. This, you will only realise when the then me will meet the now me.

Until then just be happy with those decisions you’ve made for yourself because it is those little miscalculations that add up to the final sum that your life will ultimately be.

You are doing great. You will continue doing great. Just don’t ever thought of giving up and let your demeanour down.

Lovingly yours,
Future self

Words that best describe me: insane, fun-loving, ambitious, wanderer, a believer. Nothing can stop me from achieving what I want, and optimism and a perfect cup of coffee is what keeps me going, in the long run. I am a chirpy, affectionate, extrovert girl with a knack for writing, and firmly believe in making a difference through my words. Read, write, sleep, repeat, is the only mantra that I ceremoniously like to follow.

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