Dear Younger Me,
I wish you would learn to breathe. You think you have to do all and be all and you run around from activity to activity and wonder why you have no time for the things that really matter to you. Let yourself slow down, okay?
As you get older, you’ll realize you don’t have to do all and be all; in fact, you’re going to realize you physically can’t. You’ll run yourself ragged trying to keep up to the point where you just feel like faceplanting right into the ground. While you might be able to boast about everything you can do on such little sleep, soon you’ll see how valuable sleep is, and more than that, how valuable life is. There is so much life outside of everything you think you need to accomplish. Go for a run (or a glorified jog), take a walk, sit by the water, make a bracelet, take a bath, and the list can go on and on.
Don’t lose sight of yourself in the rush of life. Take the time to pause and to breathe and to see yourself as God does. In Isaiah 42:5 it says, “...He gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth.” How cool to think that God gives you your breath, and that means your breaths certainly matter. The words you speak matter, and what you do while you take those breaths matter, too. Let yourself slow down to appreciate the breaths God gives you.