Advice from My Teenage Self
I’ve spent a lot of time in the past week scouring old discs for a specific piece of writing I did when I was 18. I haven’t found what I’m looking for, but I’ve found lots of priceless photos and some surprisingly sage advice. I remembered how much I loved to photoshop pictures, and how the era of myspace started my public exploration of self in pictures and words. Before deleting my myspace back in 2006, I downloaded my old blogs (I can’t even remember what word myself used for them), and saved them. Today I re-read what I’d written, and I’m inspired by my 16 year old self. I had my fair share of teenage angst, identity issues, and emotional roller coasters, but I’m proud of these words and the heart they reflect.
I don’t want to be ordinary. Ordinary is for people who never take risks, and who live life only concerned with living the best for themselves. I don’t want to be like that. I want to make a difference, and for the better. I know that things can always be better than the way they are, but few realize this and thus dont seek it. Ordinary is such a boring thing to be. Ordinary limits you with fear; it doesn’t allow you to discover how truly unique and wonderful each and every person really is. Every person is beautiful and has talents-why doesn’t anyone believe me when I tell them they’re beautiful. Why don’t I believe it when people tell that to me?
We are bound to the ground by the word “ordinary”. Odrinary binds us to a chair and places a gag in our mouths. Ordinary takes the easy way out of a situation. Ordinary doesn’t try to remember the way things were when life was grand and every cloud did have a silver lining. You can’t aspire to be ordinary but you can aspire to be extraordinary. You will be let down at times, but wouldn’t you rather live a life growing from the past and experiencing joy between let downs than living without any feeling at all?
I challenge you to this:
Please don’t take the easy road and be ordinary. Take risks. Compliment someone on something whenever you can. Love to the best of your ability. And for yourself- try to find out what is unique and special about you. Oh, and, next time you look in the mirror-look at that beautiful person staring back at you. He or she might need a little encouragement believing they can be extraordinary and live the life of an…optimist.”