A Letter To My Teenage Self

Posted on | September 22, 2017 | No Comments

Dear 16 year old Dino,

You’re in high school right now and you’re miserable. You’ve got some great friends and you’re likable but you just hate everything. You’re fed up with the lack of individuality and cliques that are everywhere in high school. You believe life is a meaningless joke and you’re the only one who can see that. You believe everyone around you is happy about meaningless, superficial things and don’t realize that everyone is dealing with their own struggles. You could be nicer to people but being a funny asshole is one of the few things that makes you feel good about yourself. By the time you get to college, you’ll decide that if you are going to go through with this whole ‘life’ thing, you might as well make it a fun adventure. Initially, that will mean spending too much money on concerts, sports and cultural events. It’ll be the start of you recognizing some of the beauty that’s all around you. Make sure you continue to push yourself out of your comfort zone by trying new things. You’ll be better for it even if it doesn’t feel that way immediately. I should note that fear doesn’t really go away but don’t let it paralyze you. Do not fight it, use it to your advantage by acting in spite of it. Be more afraid of losing out on opportunities than you are of taking action. 

The meaning you’ll find in life is the desire to explore all this world has to offer and being able to love and serve others. In the years following, you’ll  find yourself at a job you love and work for bosses you tremendously admire. You’ll be in great health and have a fun social life too. None of this will come easy to you and you will always have to work your ass off. You’re also going to make a lot of mistakes along the way. Every mistake is a learning experience, just don’t make the same mistake twice. You’ll want to control everything but there are lots of things in life that are going to be out of your control. Life will throw you curveballs and things won’t always work out as you plan. Important people you know will pass away and sadly not everyone you are friends with will be there years later. It will fucking hurt and once again you’ll question everything you thought you knew. But you will meet amazing people in random ways and form friendships with them and you’ll both be better for it. Great family and friends will be there for you when you need them.

One of the toughest things you’ll have to embrace is forgiveness. You’ll have to learn how to forgive others and most of all, yourself. It’s easy to resent who you used to be and be ashamed of the self-destruction, negativity and lack of self-love. While it might not represent who you are today, know that it was you doing the best you could at the time. You became stronger and kept moving forward. You’ll learn in due time that if everything happened the way you wanted it to, you wouldn’t be the person you are today. Time to go, there’s a lot of living left to do. Oh and Happy Birthday!

DG

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