Dear Me: A Reminder

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By Emily Smith


Dear past, present and future versions of myself.

You aren’t who you were, or who you may become. You’re who you are right now.

Be unapologetic.
Be humble.
Be kind.

Let tomorrow live in tomorrow. Don’t chase anything.

Live in the possibility of what could be, not in what hasn’t happened or probably just won’t.

Be liberated. Don’t destroy, just let go.
Laugh a lot.
Laugh at anything. Laugh at everything.
Laugh at yourself.

Learn to heal from things that you may not even know have hurt you.
Learn to see what might hurt you, and navigate around it.
Don’t put up walls.
But protect yourself.

Let people in but stand firm in who you are.

Let yourself linger and leave before the party ends. Have a wide variety of experiences and be open to new things.

Don’t ever pretend to be someone else. You are great and someone is already stuck pretending to be you.

The qualities you have are unique, and all of your quirks and imperfections make you vulnerable and attractive.

Don’t stop at anything for the things you want.
But it’s okay to not know what you want either.
It’s okay to tread water. Just stay above. Stay above everything that tries to push you down.

Mean what you say and do what you want. In the process, be gentle with people’s hearts.

Keep yourself attached in such a way that honours you and other people.

Love being with people, and love being alone. Love smiling, and love taking a moment to be somber.

Hold others, but hold onto yourself.

Be liberated, be wild. Make good choices and then lose your way. Find out how good it feels to come home.

Discover the nooks of your soul that only you can find, and ask them what they have to say.

Do what you love and that can be a great many things. Always own your life.

Accomplish great things, let yourself measure what greatness is to you.

Choose joy. Choose to create. Choose moments in the present, being fully aware of how every step before this has led you here.

Be taken aback by someone. By nature. By life.

Know that you are in control of you, but not everything. You can’t make the stars align, but you can set a goal and work towards it.

Right now things may seem one way. But think about a year ago. Where you were. What you felt. Things have shifted and will continue to shift.

Sometimes a feeling, a moment has a lifespan. Know this and you will free yourself from so much anxiety.

Have fun. Be silly.
Know that things matter, but people matter more.

Find out what your heart craves and give it that. Support others in a way that you wish to be supported.

Only let things occupy your mind and soul that latter up to who you are and what you want.

You have so much to offer, and this one precious life has so much to give.

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Emily Smith

Emily works in digital engagement at lululemon athletica in Vancouver. She has always had a wanderer's soul and a passion for putting words to paper and song. She can often be found exploring in the mountains, or camping under the stars at the ocean.

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