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  • Writer's pictureEnchaunti Waroway

A Message From My Teenage Self

Last night I watched the movie Ask Me Anything. Although it got terrible reviews, I enjoyed it because it reminded me of my younger self and also some of the clients I work with. In the movie, the teenage girl writes a blog. I decided to try to find an old online journal I had in my teen years and I came across something my 19 year old self wrote on January 12, 2006. I thought it was very to the point but also lovely. I was going through a lot of life changes at that time and I think I am coming up to some again. Reading this advice was a nice reminder and it is even more meaningful because it came from my younger self.

Motivational Speech to Myself:

In life I think it is so important to do what you love, what makes you happy and makes you feel good. It may be hard to put inhibitions aside to go for a dream that you have, but at least you’ll know you’ve tried your best in the end. Have fun and never do anything that feels wrong because it usually is. I think the saying “Sing like no one is listening and dance like no one is watching” is amazing. Sometimes its hard to for me to be myself and do what I want because I’m afraid… But I’m more afraid of not being happy so I would rather risk it all. Happiness shouldn’t come from other people, it should come from within. Of course it’s important to surround yourself with people that make you feel good, but you should also be able to make yourself happy without those people. To be happy, I think you have to have a positive outlook on life. It’s easily to find the negatives in a situation but it’s just as easy to find the positives. It all depends on how you look at it. Being happy seems to come so easily for some people.. But then there’s people like me that actually have to try to be happy, but I think it’s worth the effort.

“Do one thing everyday that scares you. Sing. Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults. Enjoy your body, use it every way you can…don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own. Dance. Even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.”

- Baz Luhrmann - Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

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