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A letter to myself

September 13, 2014
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My birthday was a few weeks ago, but I only got to fine-tuning this piece now.

Dear Sarah from five years ago,

Happy Birthday.

What hasn’t changed about you throughout the years is that you believe things happen for a reason, that moments of dullness, confusion, and unhappiness are as crucial to your path as those of self affirmation and happiness. A part of me wishes you did several things differently. I know, however, that you always did the best you could at a given time, given what you knew, given what you had.

So all I want to say is: it gets better. By better, I mean, calmer. For the past few days, I have watched myself looking out to a lake, a lake that is clear, that ripples softly. I have to look at it very intently to see the currents, to see that it is not as still as it may seem at first glance.

Things have gelled. It was with great bewilderment that I read about people talking about their thirties being calm, being centered on who they are. Now, however, I am starting to taste what it is like, to just be all right with things as they are and as they will be.

Before, when you did well, you shone and were bouncing with energy. Now, doing well looks different. It’s a gradual adoption. I process more, react less. I know myself more. I am able to see myself in relation to others and see why things work or don’t.

There are no silver bullets, I have learned. There is no magic formula by which to live life. There is no one thing that has been cruelly held back from you. Things are what they are. There are thousands like me, thousands close to me, and thousands who are nothing like me. I will do my best. My life now is both remarkable and unremarkable in its own ways. I have no idea what’s in store, but I am okay with what I have now. All I hope is that I never forget God, and He never forgets me.

Hang in there. It’s nice to be here. It’s worth the wait.

Love,
Sarah

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 13, 2014 8:50 pm

    This is beautiful, Sarah. I love it. And I’m glad for you.

  2. September 14, 2014 8:00 am

    I love this!

  3. September 14, 2014 2:00 pm

    I subscribed to your blog a while ago, but so glad I was actually focusing when I was scrolling down my wordpress reader: going through a period of dullness and a little bit of despondency right now, this was a stunning read, thank you.

  4. Anees permalink
    September 17, 2014 11:51 pm

    This was truly awesome and beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. Hope I can reach a similar state one day, sooner rather than later. Approaching completing 3 years in this 4th decade of life. Oh my gosh, that’s a bit shocking now that I just wrote it out haha! 4th decade….yikes. Rather,alhamdulillah is what I should say – must say that more to be honest….

  5. January 18, 2015 2:23 pm

    Wow! That was interesting and impressive.

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