Here’s to My Future Self

So now that I am almost done with my second year of college (I can’t believe how time flies), I still don’t know what I want to be when I get older. And hopefully other people can relate to this. So I decided to write a letter to myself to remind myself of the type of person that I want to be in the future. So here it is.

Dear Future Me,

I am 20 years old as I write this. Here is what  I want for the future.

I want a life filled with happiness. This past year has definitely had its ups and downs. There is so much that I wish I could change and so much that I wish I could have done. Focusing on school was hard at times, and I wish I could have had a better GPA. Not knowing what I wanted to do in the future really stressed me out, and I often let that get in the way of my happiness. I want to change that. In the future, I want to be happy and content with my life.

I also want to make a difference. If I could choose any way of life, I would love to just volunteer and be around people. Unfortunately, the reality is that I also need money to pay the bills. So I want a career in which I can help people and make a change. I want to be able to tell other people that they are loved and that they have a purpose in life. I believe that this could help those with depression and mental illness.

I want to be grateful for everything that I have. I think that gratitude is the first step to happiness and success. We have to always remember that we are humble and remember the people in our lives. We have to remember all the people who made us who we are. We have to remember all the teachers who believed in me and my family who will always be there.

I want a life filled with adventure. This doesn’t necessarily mean traveling the world or sky diving and eating exotic foods. I want a life that isn’t boring and I want to live each day to the fullest.

I also want to take care of myself. The past two years of college have been difficult. It’s important to remember that you should always talk about how you are feeling. Our emotions are never invalid and they always have a greater purpose. We can’t just shut down our emotions because then we will never remember the happy times. But taking care of myself also means taking care of my body. That means exercising, sleeping, and eating healthy foods. We only have one body that provides us with energy and confidence, so remember to fuel it!

And most of all I want to be authentic and real. I am not perfect nor will I pretend to have all the wisdom in the world. But at the very least, I can own my flaws and not run away from them.

This is my wish for the future.

-Akhila

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