Dear Grade-School Me,
I bet you’re crying again.
People always thought you were a crybaby. They thought you were fragile like a feather. Let me tell you that it’s okay to cry.
I bet you’re mad again.
That’s one of your character flaws, a nasty temper. You’re quick to anger and that’s why some people hate you. I remember that you threw your stuff at the wall because of your rage and got reprimanded by it by your teacher.
In time, you started noticing this things and that people don’t like you for these flaws. You strive to change and you did but one thing happened: once you committed these mistakes again, you started beating yourself up.
I want to give an advice but I don’t want to sound hypocritical. Up to this day, when I do a mistake, even if it’s just a minor one, I beat myself up.
I always think that I’m not good enough and I keep failing at things. I fear that people will hate me when I start failing, making mistakes. I constantly felt afraid of what will happen if I do something wrong.
That’s when I started doubting myself, not trusting in neither my strength nor my talents.
So you might ask, who the hell am I to tell you an advice?
I’m a person who also needs this advice. I’m a person who needs to be constantly reminded of this. I always struggle to keep this in my head so this letter is also a way of helping me.
As cliche as it may seem (even though you don’t know what cliche means, just search it up), you’re human. We’re not perfect. This is basic knowledge, I know, but sometimes, we always try to solve something with something complicated that we tend to forget the fundamentals.
You should not beat yourself up when you do something wrong. It’s okay to make mistakes because you’re human. Maybe people will be annoyed with your mistake but deep down they know you made a mistake because you’re not perfect. You should remember that that you’re not perfect.
With mistakes, we learn to be better. With mistakes, we are reminded that we’re in the right path of things. We are reminded that we’re trying our very best in life. You see, mistakes are sort of a blessing in disguise.
Credits to the owner of the art. If anyone knows the artist, please let me know so we can credit him/her properly!