As many of you know, my birthday is this Saturday. So, I took the time to write this open letter to my almost 24-year old self. This is a tad different from my usual content. This week, we’re taking a break from wellness to introduce myself and talk about things I am looking forward to next year. I planned a post for every day of the week, so make sure to check back on the blog daily to learn more about me this week. Without further ado, here is an open letter to my almost 24-year-old self.
Dear Almost 24-Year-Old Self
Isn’t it crazy how fast time flies when you’re having fun or too worried? When I first started writing this open letter, I almost couldn’t believe it. In 4 days, you will be 24-years-old.
You’re getting closer to 25, which means soon you’ll be 30. Turning 24 means a lot of things, but I know that the thought of getting older and taking on additional responsibilities is scary. But don’t worry. I know you can handle it. I mean, look at how much you’ve accomplished at 23!
- 2 Degrees
- Semi-Successful Blog
- A Small Business
You’ve always been the kind of person to overachieve at more than one thing. So, aging one more year doesn’t change that. Turning 24 means that you’ll have a clean slate and another year to have more adventures that hopefully won’t be ruined because of Covid.
I cannot wait to see what you’ll do once you’re 24—getting older means another year of opportunities and personal growth. Over the past year, you’ve learned so much about yourself and grown as a person. As you look back on your accomplishments and feel proud, know that this isn’t the end of the journey. It’s only the beginning.
When you first turned 23, what were you doing? You were struggling with your classes, becoming depressed, and were scared of the Coronavirus Pandemic. But, you overcame these struggles and succeeded in the end.
Who would’ve thought that you’d grow into an extroverted, no-bullshit-taking, strong woman? Certainly not the depressed teenager who had no clue what to do with herself. Nor the young woman was navigating her way through the early years of her college career.
People always tell you that you’ve changed. Do you believe them? I do. You are not the same person you were when you and your partner first moved back to the city from upstate early 2020. You’re not the same person who used to cry every time someone let you down, betrayed your heart, or took advantage of your kindness. You’ve learned how to protect yourself from this harm, and now you’re even stronger than you were before.
You’ve overcome so many challenges over the past year. You lost some family and friends, learned to set personal boundaries, removed toxic relationships from your life, learned to manage your migraines, and finally found a healthy way to cope with your depression and anxiety. Suppose no one has said it yet. I’M PROUD OF YOU. I am proud of you for standing up for yourself and taking charge of your own life.
You are the living embodiment of strength and tenaciousness. Even when you felt like giving up, when you wanted to cry all day, and when you wanted to do nothing, you never gave up on yourself. There’s so much you’re dealing with daily. It amazes me how you haven’t had a complete mental breakdown yet. But, you’ve proven to yourself that you can do anything that you put your mind to. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.
You are loved by your family, your boyfriend, his family, and the blogging community. Please know that you will never be alone because you have many people rooting for you, including myself. So let’s make 24 the year to remember.
An Almost 24-year-old