Dear 5 year-old me…

Oh kiddo, you’re gonna grow up fast. Too fast. I wish you didn’t have to but I don’t think I would change it even if I had the power to. Because what you’ll go through- oof. It’s a lot, more than you ever deserved.

But you’ll become tougher because of it. And you were already tough to begin. You know that, that’s how you’ve been raised. How you will be raised for the rest of your life. You are strong enough to get through everything coming your way. Even when you don’t feel like you are. Especially then.

But no matter what happens, don’t lose your shine. People will tell you that you’re “too much” but the truth is they just can’t deal with all that you are. There’s so much personality in your little body, it just has to burst out.

You are a star that some people just can’t handle. You’re too bright for some to look at and there are some who will try to smother the light out of you. Some out of jealousy, others fear, and a few disdain.

But that light inside you is all yours. No one can tell you what you can or can’t do with it. Don’t get me wrong, they’ll still try but, “in one ear, out the other,” right?

And remember, no matter what, you’re gonna be okay. It’s not gonna feel like it in the moment, but you will be. I promise. After all, I’m here, aren’t I?

Love,

22 year-old you

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