Things I would tell my 18-year-old self

If only I could go back togive that naive insecure girl a big hug and tell her that everything is gonna be alright, but yes some insights only come with experience, and I choose to fail profitably.

If you can’t figure out everything at that age, especially in a noisy phase of life when every single distraction is screaming for attention, follow your heart. If you would slow down to listen what it has to say, and have the courage to see the big picture to take the plunge, in spite of only having had that puzzle piece at that point of time, you’re off to a good start. Even if you feel directionless, work hard wherever you’re at. It can’t go wrong. Some seasons are sacrificial, which equates to lonely nights listening to your prof droning off on thermodynamics in recorded lectures while the world parties away.

You can never control the situation you are in, but you can always choose your response. That’s your domain. Trade-offs are so vital as you only have a limited amount of time and energy. Let go of battles that are worthless and focus on what you can influence. At the end of the day, perseverance is a great trait to have especially in this crazy world.

No guy is worth you sacrificing your studies over. People come and go, people leave, people can die, but, GPA stays forever. That’s aside of the point, but you don’t want to be left wondering how you could have done better if that bastard never crossed paths with you and left you heartbroken. And yes, sweet talk is not cheap, it is free.

God loves you and wants you successful more that you want to be. You may not always feel it, but love is not a feeling that fleets. Love is expressed by sacrifice. Knowing that He died to give you everything, that is love. Sometimes some things are better understood by the heart, if everything is logically reasoned, faith is irrelevant.

For I know the plans I have for you

says the Lord

Plans to prosper you and not to harm you

Plans to give you a hope and a future

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