A Letter to You
There are so many possibilities out there, and I hope you are taking them. I hope you have recognized just how special you are, and the power you have to become all you dream of becoming. Your life is all you have, and it can be all that you want it to be. Work hard. Work harder than everyone else. Do not wait for tomorrow, do it now. Because sometimes, those days never come.
Understand that sometimes life gives you struggles, but you have the opportunity to grow from it. You must decide who you want to be, and fight for all you can be. Be better today because of what happened yesterday. Make mistakes, have regrets, and learn from failure. Actually, fail all the time. Fail every day if you want. Just learn from it, grow past it, and do not let it steal you away. Love all your decisions, even if they turn out to be the biggest mistakes.
The scars you can never erase, the ones you try to hide sometimes – they are beautiful. You have lived. You have survived. It’s okay to stand out. I understand we all want to fit in, we all want to be accepted. But sometimes fate is a different story. Sometimes, it’s not for you to fit in. Do not be ashamed of that. Do not be ashamed of who you are. Don’t try and hide it. Embrace it.
Your stories are something I could defiantly learn from. Maybe perhaps even inspire me; if you have the potential to inspire one person, you have the potential to inspire the world. Be a story worth telling, and tell it. Inspire me.
Your success, does not all lie in what you have accomplished, but also what in you have failed to do. You have been taught to be open, and you have accepted challenges which have refined your skills, your being. Face your fears, prove yourself.
Always be kind. Your actions speak much louder than words. People deserve kindness. Do not waste your life being cold or trying to get ahead of everyone else. Do not waste time only helping yourself. I hope you find time to help others, and I hope they help you.
There is a reason behind everyone you meet. Some will make you better, some will test you, and some will disappoint you. Do not take things personally. I’ve had people doubt me. Be the bigger person, and don’t give them your time of day. They don’t deserve it.
I hope you get lost in who you are. I hope you do not get lost in expectations, in materialistic things, or hate.
Those difficult days, which are full of failure and disappointments, I hope you find patience. Know you always have a chance. Whatever it is you want, it’s not going to come easy. It’s going to challenge you. You have to prove yourself. Know that you could have a million reasons why something is impossible. But one reason why, is far greater than all the reasons why not.
I hope you feel blessed. In the good, the bad, and the ugly. You may not feel it all the time, trust me I understand, but take a moment and look around. There is something to be thankful for, always.
I hope you find happiness; happiness within yourself. I hope you stay true to yourself. Live your truth, the way you want to. Do not ever pretend to be something you are not. You have one life- only one. You won’t be given this chance ever again.
Even if you lose it all, even if the sky comes crashing down on you, I hope you find strength. I hope you do not let it defeat you. You are much stronger than your circumstances.
What I want most for you is a life full of lessons. I hope you live long enough to get wrinkles and I hope you live life to the fullest. I hope it is full of excitement. I hope in good days and in bad, you find a reason to smile. I hope you smile every chance you get. Nobody’s life is perfect and far from easy. You have the choice to be grateful for all that you have, and all that you may never know or understand.
Ivana was born in Sanski Most, Bosnia & Herzegovina, but moved to Canada at the age of three. She was diagnosed with LGMD a few years ago, and it has forever changed her life. She is a regular contributor, and her blogs will be everything she has learned along the way, and what she continues to learn today.