Dear Self,

You’re taking some risks right now. There are some items on your to-do list that you’re unsure about, and you’re worried about how some things will turn out. You know, though, that the reward is greater than the risk.  Hope when you take that jump, you don’t fear the fall.

Currently you are working on a lot of different projects, and sometimes this makes you feel stressed. However, you love what you’re doing and that your passion allows you to rise above any stress that you feel. Hope when the water rises, you build a wall.

Despite knowing that it isn’t possible, you sometimes try to make everyone happy. Don’t forget to make yourself happy, too, because this makes it easier to make others happy. Hope when the crowd screams out, they’re screaming your name.

Sometimes you feel like you’re straying from the crowd or doing things differently. That’s what makes you unique; that you choose to be directed by your own compass. Hope when everybody runs, you choose to stay.

You’ve been putting a lot of effort into writing projects, co-curriculars, and making the most out of life. Sometimes you may fail, but remember that failing only means you tried and gave it your all. Hope that you fall in love, and it hurts so bad; the only way you can know is give it all you have.

You are inspired by One Republic’s song I Lived, because you want to be able to say that about your own life. When you are down, remember that setbacks are further proof that you lived.

And I hope that you don’t suffer, but take the pain.

Hope when the moment comes, you’ll say,

I did it all.

Keep doing it all, self.

Love from,


PS – thanks to OneRepublic for completely unofficially lending me the lyrics to their song I Lived. Those are the phrases written in italics, which I am not taking credit for in any way because they belong to that fantastic song!

PPS – this post was written as an entry for the event ‘Take a Step Thursday’. Check it out!!