Dear Self,

First of all, I want to give you a tap on your shoulder for finishing another year. Looking back, those 365 days were never easy, but you made it! It tested your strength, your loyalty, your patience and most especially, your Faith. You have built unexpected friendships and broke off toxic ones. You have learned to love and be hurt at the same time. You were at your highest and your lowest point. You have experienced betrayals from people you least expect. At the same time, received love from unexpected ones. Indeed, those 365 days have been a roller coaster ride of emotions.

Self, on your 24th year, I pray that you continue thriving for something you desire. I pray that you continue to be a blessing to other people. Be kind to those who deserve kindness, much more to those who doesn’t. Even if it’s hard, try. Listen before you speak and speak the right words. For words strike us deeper than a knife. Smile when the world crumbles right infront of you, that’s your weapon against trials. May you be blessed with a love that lasts a lifetime and friendships that are meant to stay forever.

My 24-year old self, learn to love someone, but please not by sacrificing your love for yourself. You have been on your own for a long time. You may be overwhelmed from the attention you get from others. You may fall deep, deeper. Save yourself by not giving all of you. They may or may not stay, but self, love them still. You may lose a part of you if they go but a lesson is what you’ll learn along the way.

You have been praying for that someone, I pray that he’s also praying for you. You have set standards and set your own timeline. But self, remember to always surrender it all unto Him. He knows what’s best for you. Never settle for less. A Father wants the best for Her princess.

I hope that the next 364 days be filled with lessons that will mold you into a better version of yourself.

Your 23-Year Old Self