What Would You Tell Your 17-Year-Old Self?

If you could go back in time, what would you say to your 17-year-old self?

Leave your thoughts in the comments 🙂

As for me, I’d tell him to stay strong, that everything will be okay in the end, and that he should focus on building skills to make himself independent 🙂

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Take It One Step at a Time

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by what looks like a mountain-load of work, remember to take it one step at a time.

Break down that large task into smaller, simpler ones. Focus on the next smallest physical action you can take over the final product you want to achieve.

Results are the sum of actions. So once you’ve decided your end goal, make sure to concentrate on action and implement your plans. Even the littlest steps can take you closer to your vision.

So if you’re feeling flustered, take a moment to step back and make things simpler. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” as Chinese philosopher Laozi said.

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The Feeling of Being Incompetent

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We have phases in our lives where we feel like we have it all figured out: we know our strengths, what we want, and we’re willing to commit ourselves to our goals. But along the way comes the unexpected, shattering the solid perspective we’d acclimated to. Like a bolt of lightning, the stability and confidence we used to take pride in get uprooted.

What we once believed to be reality, both internal and external, gets questioned. Seeds of doubt plant themselves in our hearts. They begin germinating and contaminating our progress. Like weeds, they feast on the needs of the flourishing flora inside us. Soon enough, the once promising garden in our mind gets ravaged by the foul tendrils of scepticism. The once-blooming vegetation withers into Death’s womb. And in a matter of moments, both you and those around you are left to wonder – was there ever really a vibrant ecosystem thriving in this now desolate landscape?

Yet memory reminds you vividly. You swore you’d experienced prosperity here, that your perception couldn’t have lied. And then, when it all trickles down into every crevice of your repulsing mind, the stark bitterness stings your tongue and envelops your soul. You lost it all, in nothing but an instant. Happiness, balance, hope, certainty, determination. All because of an eclipse sheltering you from the blistering sizzle of truth. How blissful it was, indeed, but how better off you’d be if you’d been exposed to it earlier. You wouldn’t have to be in this bewildered, pathetic state.

But over time and through endurance, you accept the situation and normalise. The alterations that first overwhelmed you now cease to pose a threat. The weight that seemed unbearable now becomes an ordinary lift. The weeds that encumbered the land now stand reclaimed by it. The barren surface that dominated your sight gets subdued by Earth’s offspring. Fogs clear, barriers break, obstacles are overcome and limitations surpassed.

That feeling of inadequacy you felt didn’t last after all. You leased a spot for it in your mind, but in the end, it wasn’t able to afford the security of your new self. And that’s when you kicked that toxic feeling to the curb!

So remember that your current state is not an anomaly. A number of people are in the same boat as you right now. And just like the many others who’ve passed this stage, if you choose to believe in your innate strength and ability to adapt, you have a wonderful future ahead of you.

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