Dear 10 Year Old Me,
As we come to the beginning of a new year, I want to first congratulate you for making it this far. You have done a damn good job. I am really proud of how you stuck to all those gut feelings you had over the past few years. Your curiosity of the big world out there serves you well in your 20s, 30s and 40s. You get to see so many places, you wouldn't believe! You even live in other countries. Handling with grace at all ages, you never stress when everyone was putting the pressure on you to figure out what you wanted in life. Everything you knew from the start, you stay true to you all the way through. Not many people figure that out in their adulthood, but you knew al along. It's quite impressive and as a result your life is really amazing.
I am still enjoying all the adventures I have now days, just as I did when I was 10. There will be some ups and downs through the years, but you are prepared. I won't spoil the excitement for you, but if I were to give you one word of advice that will help, it would be this: The loneliness and isolation you have always felt, you will continue to experience your entire life. (Or at least to this point.) Know it isn't because people don't like you. In fact you are well liked. It is because you are different. You see and feel things differently than others. You will experience life in a way which isn't conventional to social standards. This is what makes you feel alone. Don't worry through these times. Spend these moments of loneliness to educate yourself and grow. You will have a few amazing friends who help you nurture the gift you have.
Most importantly, continue to always follow your instinct. Never has it mislead you and because of that you live a life of no regrets. Life is going to be good.
I love you very much.
Your 42 Year Old Me
Three years ago I wrote this (below) and wanted to share again, because I feel it is is important to continue to hold oneself accountable. Life is in a constant state of change. If we turn a blind eye to the constant change our bodies are going through, we fail to adapt to its needs.
Take pride in your body. Love it. Nurture it, physically, mentally and soulfully. Make it a lifelong journey. It is the only thing you came into this world with and will leave with as well, it is something we should honor.
Life is the most precious gift we are ever given. Our bodies, our mind, our health is essential to maintain to sustain a good quality of life. So why is it that people often find it inconvenient to invest in our health? How is it we can take a blind eye to what we put in our bodies? How is it that we find it easy to have poor excuses to why we can't
invest or put effort and time in our health, yet turn around and not be able to comprehend how illness and injury has become a regular part of daily life?
It doesn't take much to improve your quality of life. You don't need a gym membership or money to make healthy choices and put into action which can positively affect your life for years to come. All it really takes is a little bit of personal responsibility.
Check out Kimberly's TEDxNUV Talk about how simple it is to invest in your health and why it is so important.