I read something this afternoon about what would you say to your younger self. It reminded me of a scene in one of my favorite movies, The Kid, where Russ asks Dierdre what she would say to her younger self.
I couldn’t find that clip, but here’s the movie trailer. Well worth watching if you have the time. Of course, this is coming from someone who has been in love with Bruce Willis since the first time she saw Die Hard, too…
It seems like I tackled this subject once before, but I don’t have time to go through 500+ posts today to find it. I wish I could remember what I might have said because it would be interesting to see if I still feel the same way today.
And how is that?
Simply put, I’d tell young Kristy to keep on doing what she’s doing. She might be painfully shy (but that changes), she might have some self-esteem issues (that changes, too), and while she might wish she was someone else more often than not, one day she’s really going to like the woman she’ll become.
That’s what I’d tell her, if I had the opportunity.
I might whisper in her ear though that all of those people she wanted to impress as a teenager … they didn’t matter then, and they don’t matter now. There will come a day when she won’t even remember most of them.
Except I wouldn’t say that either. If something I said changed one little thing young Kristy did, made her more confident at a younger age, who knows where I’d be today.
And frankly, I’m fairly pleased with where I am.
Sure, I’ll always strive to be better tomorrow than I am right this minute, and I’ll always keep reaching for the stars. But you know what? I’m at a place in my life I never thought I’d be – and it’s so much better than the any of the daydreams teenage Kristy imagined.
Every piece of my past makes me who I am today. Like the song says, it’s all a part of me … that’s who I am.
First, I like who you are, too. The journey in discovering self acceptance comes at different speeds for different people, and there’s something about those who find ways to accept, forgive, then embrace those things about themselves that they had difficulty accepting once upon a time. You rock. Just so you know. 😀
Aww, thanks, Kitt. I hope you know the feeling is mutual.
I don’t even remember it happening, but one day I realized I didn’t care what other people thought of me. I didn’t have to live my life to make everyone happy, didn’t have to impress anyone, and I liked myself just fine. That was one of the best days of my life. 😀