To My Younger Self,
Wisdom does not only come with age, it comes with experience. Allow yourself to be open minded and do not turn down opportunities to learn more about yourself. Go out on a limb. Take chances. Step out of your comfort zone. Friends will be made easily and you will have many, but put value on those based on quality not quantity. There will be many trials in your life and people will be lost along the way. Some will leave on their own and some you will choose to leave. You do not have to like everyone you meet but you must always respect them. Making others feel small so that you can feel bigger will only leave you feeling guilty. Do not put blame on anyone, for even those who have wronged you served a purpose in your life. You cannot please everyone so do not spend your life trying. Live by your own rules. You have your own dreams so follow your path and not the path someone else would rather see you walk. Do not move into the future held down by the weight of your past.
Every experience is a learning experience. You must endure challenges to realize your strength. You will spend a great deal of time feeling weak but the reality is you are much stronger than you think. A woman who is able to use her brain combined with her smile is more powerful than a woman who uses her smile alone. You will fall in love several times, with several different people, for several different reasons. Allow yourself to love and be loved. Being a Princess is a state of mind not an inherited title. Life is valuable and years go by fast. There is no way of stopping time so make use of every minute wisely. Work to live, don’t live to work. Do not allow yourself to be defined by what you do, instead by who you are. Celebrate every accomplishment no matter how small you feel it is. Make those you love proud to say they know you. Accept your faults. Plan for the unexpected. Embrace change. You are unique. Do not spend time wishing you could be something you are not. Be you. Inspire others to embrace themselves. You only have one body and it will change constantly. Love it. Treat it right. Feed your soul and your brain. You may not be able to save the world but do not ever stop trying. Most of all, remember to never stop hoping, believing or dreaming. Love and best wishes, Erin xoxo