To My Dream Reader

I am currently participating in a Blogging 101 course in WordPress (the site that hosts my blog), which helps me to learn about blogging and challenges me to dig deeper in my blog and my inspirations. This also allows me to discover some new topics that I might want to write about.

Today, I am supposed to write about my dream reader. Being the melancholic person that I am,  I decided to write a letter to young me.

Dear 16-year old me,

I am writing this letter to let you know that you’ll be fine. I know it doesn’t seem like that right now, but trust me, it definitely gets better.

Try not to worry too much, but rather go with the flow. Try not to compare yourself with others, because that’s not how life works. Try to enjoy being young. Try not to grow up too quickly. Take life as it comes.

Don’t worry about what others think of you, they are just as insecure as you are. Other people do not define who you are. You are in charge of that. The only opinion about yourself that truly matters is that of your own.  

Don’t worry if you don’t know what you want to study or what your job should be. I still don’t know what I want to do and I’m almost 22. And that’s perfectly fine. No one knows until it actually happens.

Don’t worry about not being talented, or not having a passion, unlike the other kids. You’ll find your own, and it will fill you up with so much joy and happiness.

Don’t worry about not looking the same as the other kids in high school. Be different. Embrace your individualities. They are what makes you you.  

Don’t worry about being shy and introverted. You’ll grow out of it. You’ll get more secure every day, and suddenly you find yourself talking to complete strangers.

Don’t worry about not being able to leave your hometown. Because you will, and you will go to the other side of the world and see every single place on Earth that your heart desires.

Don’t swallow in sadness. There’s too much to be happy about.

Clichés are here for no other reason than the fact that they are true. Live your life day by day.

Carpe diem.

You’ll find your place. Be patient.


21-year old you.

P.S. Listen to this song to know you’re not alone: All Time Low – The Reckless and The Brave

And definitely this one: Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Juul says:

    Lieve Lies, ik ken jouw 16-jarige ik ook een beetje en vind het geweldig dat jij vandaag, op je 21e, deze brief naar jezelf hebt kunnen schrijven! Wees trots, je hebt het verdiend xxx

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    1. basilandoil says:

      Dank je wel 🙂


  2. Good Luck with the course. One day when I have the time I shall try to join in one of the courses as well. No doubt it will be very helpful and enhance every word.


    1. basilandoil says:

      Thanks! It really is useful, and provides you with loads of tips and feedback!


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