Dear Younger Me,
Know that you can share your feelings and be met with understanding. I know how hard it is for you to share them, because shame might be present, or because you’re afraid of disappointing the one you’re sharing those feelings with. I don’t want to tell you that sharing your feelings will always be met with grace, because that’s not the truth, but there are times when you will open up that you’ll find your feelings will be heard. I hope you’ll experience the joy that comes when you do that. I hope it will encourage you to allow yourself to do that more. And I hope that when you’re afraid of disappointing someone that you will realize an opportunity for growth, that even in the tension, you can grow to see you can’t please people in every way all the time and that you can be honest.
What beauty that sharing your feelings can sharpen others, and their response sharpens you. Hold to Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
And as you open up, do so with grace and gentleness, because that matters too.