Dear, Past Me
I hope my letter is reaching you in a time and place of joy and peace. There are so many things I need you to know. Things I feel deep down, you already know, in your soul. These days that you worry that you aren't enough, will come and go. Don't let it stop you. Your offering to the world will be different, of course. But, it will be no less meaningful and worthy of admiration. As long as it comes from your heart, and is honest to who you are.
And who you are will change, and that's okay. We are meant to change, explore, learn, grow, and then change again. Those who truly love and support you will understand, for they are changing too. If they cannot, don't be too bitter or hold onto them too tightly. They may not be meant to stay with you for your life's journey, and that too is okay.
The words you write and the art you create will get better, and you will find an audience that will love and appreciate that which makes you unique. Future Me, this does not mean everyone will love you, that is impossible. This will be hard for you, we both know, but you will survive. Rally your tribe when things get dark. They can help provide the light, until yours burns bright again, and you'll do the same for them.
One day you will feel brave enough to channel your pain into your work. It will change your life and may even touch the heart of that one person that needs it. This will be a magical moment for you, that you will never forget. One last thing. Don't be so hard on yourself. You are doing your best, and it will have to be enough. It always has been. I'm so proud of you. You've got this.