Dear Future Self

Dear Future Self, Here's What I Hope You Know

At the end of the day, happiness is all that really matters.

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As a college student, it's typical to constantly be thinking about my future. I have a variety of aspirations that I hope to achieve in the next 10 or so years such as becoming a dentist and marrying my soulmate, but it's uncertain that any of these dreams will be granted.

The important thing to remember is that even if I don't accomplish what I hoped to as an 18-year-old girl, it's going to be okay. I've always been a believer that everything happens for a reason and God has a plan for everyone, and I hope that I never lose that sense of optimism. There are only certain things in life that I have control over, and the rest I must leave up to fate.

All I can ask for myself in the coming years is to be happy and to eliminate anything in my life that would keep me from achieving that. I've always been the kind of person that doesn't deal well with change, but if something or someone in my life is making me unhappy, I realize that it's important to part with it.

My life revolves around my family and friends which is something I've always taken pride in. Although friend groups have reformed multiple times throughout my life, I have faith that in the coming years I'll have met all of the friends that I will keep in my life forever and will be honorary aunts and uncles to my children.

I have no doubt that even when I grow older and move out of the house, I'll maintain the same relationship with my family that I do now. I'll always be mommy and daddy's little girl and my sister will remain my best friend. I'll continue to keep in contact with all of my cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents. I will never have shame in the fact that I rely on my family for many things in my life with the largest ones being happiness and love.

I've already made a promise to myself to continue trying my hardest in college in order to secure a place in dental school and eventually open my own practice. It's not an option for me to give up on this dream even when organic chemistry or calculus seems "too hard."

This idea doesn't only apply to school - there will always be bumps in the road in life, but I hope to always stay strong and have the courage within me to overcome them. I know that there will never be a battle I have to fight alone because I have a surplus of people in my life who love me and would be more than willing to help in any situation.

There are many characteristics I can admit I need to reform and I plan to do so as time goes on. My goal in life has and always will be to treat others kindly and be a person that myself and my loved ones could be proud of. Like everyone else, I'm only human and I'm not perfect in any way, but I hope to have a positive impact on everyone who I come in contact with.

Along these lines, there are many qualities I possess which I hope to never lose such as my sense of adventure, willing to lend anyone a helping hand, realizing the value of a dollar, and so much more. Although life is going to continue changing whether I like it or not, I know it's of great significance to keep these traits in order to be the person I'm satisfied being.

I hope that in the next decade or so I can reflect on my life now and realize that events that once seemed like the biggest deal could become something worth almost no importance. Whether it's failing a test, fighting with a friend, or anything else I've wasted tears over, everything works out in the end. Instead of beating myself up over something that didn't go as expected, I hope to always use it as a learning experience and grow from it.

Even if I stray from my hometown as I get older, I hope to always be grateful for everything that it's done for me and always view it as home. Westchester is where I became the person I am today and as of right now, it's all I really know. It's extremely possible that I won't live in this county my entire life, but I'm very thankful to have grown up in such a beautiful place.

I can't even begin to imagine what my future will look like because my life is constantly changing, but no matter where I am in life, all I can wish for is joy and love and I'll be content.

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10 Pieces Of Advice From My Parents That Have Helped Me Survive This Thing Called Life

I don't like admitting that they're right, but they've helped me through more than they'll ever know.

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As I've entered my 20s and have made it halfway through college, I've learned that life can be hard and challenging at times. Like many kids, when I was growing up, I could care less about what my parent's advice or opinions were. Nine times out of ten, I would do the complete opposite of what they said. Once I got older and actually started listening to their advice and put it into perceptive, I learned that they're right more often than I'd like to admit.

1. Don't take things for granted

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I've learned to cherish what I have because I might not always have it. It's easy to take life itself and many things it involves for granted. They've taught me to take a step back from this crazy life sometimes and be grateful for all that I have.

2. Don't be afraid to put your heart on your sleeve

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My parents have taught me that if you feel something, don't be afraid to say it or embrace it. If you love someone, then tell them. Don't be afraid to put your heart out there just because you might get hurt.

3. Be vulnerable

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In life, in relationships, in your work. Take risks, get shot down, and then try again. Being vulnerable is scary yet so powerful.

4. You can never have too many shoes

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Otherwise known as it's okay to treat yourself. Life is hard, so take care of you. If that means going on a shopping spree every once in a while, then so be it.

5. You're going to be okay

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Whatever it is you're going through, you're going through it and you're going to come out on the other side. It may seem horrible now, but you'll learn from it and be okay in the end.

6. You have to have friends in life

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It's important to have people to lean on, especially on your bad days, and to celebrate with on your good ones. You can't just have you or a significant other to rely on.

7. Never be afraid to share your opinion

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Don't be afraid to put your thoughts and opinions out there because they might be wrong. They could have a huge impact on someone or something.

8. Don't stress over things you have no control over

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Everyone is on their own path, which means everything will work out the way it's supposed to, even if it doesn't make sense right now. Again, you're going to be okay.

9. Happy, healthy, wealthy, wise

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My dad always says if you tell yourself every day that you're happy with yourself or your life, you're healthy and strong, you're wealthy in love and surrounded by great people, and you're knowledgable or wise, then you can achieve anything in life.

10.  S*** or get off the pot

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My all-time favorite piece of advice. Making decisions can be hard and scary, especially if the outcome could be getting hurt in the end. So, you either make a decision and roll with it no matter the outcome or you walk away.

Thanks, mom and dad for always being a phone call away when I need it! Just know that your advice and words of wisdom don't go unnoticed. For others, your parents have been on this planet much longer than you have and most likely experienced the same situations that you're dealing with. They don't have all the answers, but they are there to help.

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