Hey you, it’s me.
It’s my third attempt at writing this letter so I hope I get it right this time.
You’re in your final year of university and I’m really proud of you for getting this far. Sometimes I feel like you don’t give yourself enough credit for everything you’ve accomplished over the past three and a half years.
You’ve managed to hold down two part-time jobs, freelance, continue your dance training, perform in nine shows, network and grow your social circle, take on new hobbies that indulge your creativity, start writing for an online magazine, and (somewhat) stay sane while succeeding in university. That’s some serious superwoman shit right there.
I know a lot of people tell you that you take on too much, and maybe sometimes you do. Your days are always packed and it’s rare for you to have one off. You don’t get much sleep because in the small window of time you do have, you’re always brainstorming new things you can take on. But I know you, and you wouldn’t have it any other way.
I think the reason you take on so many things is because you want to have a backup (or more like 10). Let’s face it, you’re scared of failure. You’re scared that you’re going to put all of yourself into something, only to have your heart completely broken if it doesn’t work out. I don’t mean to put you down, but reality is it’s happened to so many people. And often, the people who fail are those who go on to bigger and better things.
My advice to you as you approach graduation is to just continue being you. Keep putting your heart and soul into everything you do because that will get noticed. Keep trying new things because I learned through dance that versatility is key. And finally, keep believing in yourself because that is the most powerful thing that you can do. As Henry Ford once said (and your Dad has quoted a million times over): whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.
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