Now that I’m a year older, here are some things I want to tell my younger self.
- You’re not nice. Especially to yourself. Be kinder.
- Pay attention to your posture. Sit up straight. It’s not that hard, Herminia.
- You will fail. That’s inevitable. Unless you don’t try, which is even worse.
- It’s OK to cry. Even and especially when you have no idea why you’re crying in the first place.
- You’re allowed to ask for help. Oftentimes you have little or nothing to lose but a lot to gain.
- Listen to your body. If you’re tired, sleep. If you’re hungry, eat. After all, you only have one heart, one brain.
- You don’t have to love everything. Don’t hate everything either.
- Numbers will never define you. They aren’t a measure of your self-worth.
- Always challenge yourself. Step outside of your comfort zone. That’s how you’ll grow.
- Try to focus on the positives rather than the negatives. Be realistic though.
- You can’t live someone else’s life. You can, however, live your own.
- Don’t be too stubborn, but do you stand your ground. Otherwise, people will walk all over you.
- You’re going to be OK. You might not feel fine right now. Yet one day, you will.
I’ve come up with 20 goals for my 20 year old self.
- Worry less.
- Have fun.
- Put my happiness first.
- Ask for help.
- Think for myself.
- Say yes when I should.
- Say no when I shouldn’t.
- Move on.
- Write more.
- Be a better blogger.
- Learn from mistakes.
- Celebrate the small victories.
- Dance like someone is watching.
- Look after my health.
- Smile at strangers.
- Love a lot.
- Laugh out loud.
- Be mindful.
- Enjoy the present.
- Live life.
I know a lot of these are commonly used phrases, but I’m a walking cliché.
These are twenty-two things I have learned as a writer. Or I’m still learning. Or I hope to learn.
- Start writing.
- Believe in your story.
- Take it one word at a time.
- Hold onto your dreams.
- Pursue your passion.
- Set small goals.
- Never settle for less than your best.
- Make the right sacrifices.
- Stay true to your vision.
- Write for yourself.
- Be your own critic.
- Be your own cheerleader.
- Don’t let the bad days win.
- Talk to other writers.
- Accept rejection.
- Embrace failure.
- Find a support system.
- Ask for help when needed.
- Exercise your brain and body.
- Remember why you started.
- Forgive yourself.
- Finish your stories.
What’s a lesson you’ve learned?
A reminder that it’s okay to:
- like someone.
- love something.
- feel upset.
- be unsure.
- make mistakes.
- fail often.
- ask questions.
- get help.
- To inspire others to write.
- To encourage people to keep writing.
- To help others become a better writer.
Of course, I hope the same for myself.
I have no idea what I want to do this June writing wise.
Throw some ideas or suggestions at me. Anything. Anything at all.
Poems, articles, short stories, plays, novels, etc.
Let it be known to everyone how desperate I am. Any help is appreciated.
Next time I’ll plan ahead so I don’t find myself in this predicament again. You can hold me to my word. When have I ever gone back on it?
I don’t usually write poems. Otherwise, I might have named this blog aspiringpoet22.
On the off-chance that I do write poetry, I tend not to edit anything.
So my poetry portfolio assignment isn’t going so well.
I hope you’ve read How To Respond To Stupid Questions (For Writers) already. If not, click the link before reading the rest of this post or after you finish perusing the below.
Before I continue, you need to know this is not as good as the original. That’s why I advise you to read the first post so you can see I am quite funny. Er, at times. Fine fine, I am occasionally funny. Rarely?
What is your writing about?
Don’t answer this question. It’s a booby trap. You will thank me later.
What do you want to be?
I already am what I want to be.
Are you finished yet?
I have a better question: Have you finished anything in your lifetime?
What are you doing with your life?
More than you.
Can I read it?
If I want you to read it, I will tell you to read it. Did I tell you you can read it? NO. I. DID. NOT.
Note: I may have slight anger issues I need to work out.