A Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self

Hey there! I know that you tend to worry so much about your future. I’ll tell you what, just take it easy. You’re still too young to stress yourself with so many responsibilities. Take time to breathe and enjoy with your friends. Stop worrying because everything’s going to be okay. There are truly days when things seem to fall apart, but remember, it wouldn’t stay like that forever. There are many more years to come. What you should do right now is to collect moments. Learn things. Meet people. Fall in love. Get hurt. Become a better person. Everything takes time. Just don’t lose yourself in trying so hard to become somebody else. Yes, people will judge you. The way you look. The way you act. The way you speak. Even your “best-est” friend will talk about you behind your back. Keep this in mind, they can judge you all they want, but it’s you who knows yourself better. You don’t live to please other people. Just continue being true to yourself. Keep on doing your best and trust that God’s plans are always going to be better than yours. ┬áDistance yourself from those who keep on weighing you down, and stay close to those who dream as big as you do. Learn to trust yourself with the decisions you make in life. Failure is a normal thing, and you have your family to lean on to in times of hardships.

Life is wonderful. Keep that in your mind. No matter how difficult, painful, and agonizing situations may get, keep holding on to your dreams. Always listen to your parents. They may be strict at times, but it’s for your own good. Trust me, they make the best decisions for you. Don’t rush on falling in love. Believe me, it’s a long process of getting to know people. Focus on your dreams for now. True love waits. It’s true! It’s not just an old saying that you get tired of hearing over and over again. You’re young. There’ll be plenty of time to fall in love when you get older. At this time, just enjoy earning friends.

You’re just sixteen. There’ll be more years. More moments. More challenges. Keep your head up. Show your talents. Do what you enjoy doing. You’ll reach your goals soon. Step by step.

Remember to always live your life to the fullest! Take chances and don’t let them be regrets, learn from them. Don’t give up. Future is great! Trust me. ­čÖé

Pinagtagpo

Hindi ko alam kung ilang beses ko nang tinanong sa Diyos kung bakit kita nakilala. Hindi sa ayaw ko. Nais ko lang malaman ang totoo. Hindi kita mahal, na tulad ng pagmamahal ng isang dalaga sa isang binata na tila tinamaan ng pana ni kupido sa sobrang ligaya. Maaaring masaya ako sa tuwing kausap ka, ngunit patuloy pa rin naman ang buhay ko kung wala ka. Hindi sapat ang mga salita upang mauwi sa pag-ibig. Hindi sapat ang mga ngiting gumuguhit sa labi sa tuwing binibigkas ang matatamis na pahiwatig. Maraming dahilan ang pagdating ng mga tao sa buhay natin, ngunit hindi lahat ng dumarating ay dapat nating ibigin. Hindi natin lubos na kilala ang isa’t-isa. Maaaring alam mo ang mga ayaw at gusto ko, ngunit alam rin iyon ng mga tao sa paligid ko. O maaari ngang higit pa sa mga nalalaman mo. Maaaring pinagtagpo tayo, na katulad lang din sa kung paano kayo pinagtagpo ng mga kaibigan mo. Masyadong malalim ang terminong “itinadhana”. Para bang nagsasabing tama na ang lahat. Tila nagpapahiwatig ng isang pagwawakas, ng isang hangganan. Masyado pang maaga. At naniniwala akong hindi ganito kabilis kumilos ang tadhana. Iwasan mong mag-isip ng mga malalalim na kahulugan. Dahil minsan ay sapat nang makuntento sa kung anong nakikita ng mata at nahahawakan ng kamay. Hindi dahil sa masaya ako tuwing kausap ka ay pinasasaya mo na ang buong buhay ko. Masyadong malaki ang mundong ginagalawan ko para ipirmi ko ang atensyon ko sa isang parte lamang nito. Nasasaktan ka ba? Hindi. Maniwala ka. Kung iisipin mong masakit ang mga salitang ito ay iyon nga ang mararamdaman mo. Hindi ko nais kailanman na manakit. Ipinaliliwanag ko lang ang aking damdamin. Tayo’y pinagtagpo. Maaaring ng pagkakataon, ngunit hindi ng pag-ibig … at lalong hindi ng tadhana.

–Mara.