Brave, beautiful soul
I write to you as I get ready for my graduation, I am currently picking up my toga and hunting for the right dress to wear to such an important moment of my life. It has been five years of hard work, all-nighters, and a lot of self-doubt but they were absolutely worth it. There was a lot of soul searching in those years and I have never been as open-minded and as faithful as I am today. I am thankful for the professors that pushed me out of my boundaries and the people whom have taught me so many life lessons as well as those who have opened my eyes to reality.
As David Bowie mentioned in vh1 Storytellers, “If we move one grain of sand, the earth will not be the same”, and I have been putting it into practice since the first time I heard it. The last five years have been all about finding things that made me want to get out of bed every morning as well as the source of my inspiration to write this letter to you.
I would like to mention that being an honor student, famous, or popular do not matter at all if you do not really know who you are and what makes you passionate. In my opinion, passion is the essence of every relationship, even the one that you have in your job, your education, even the relationship with yourself. If you’re not passionate about the things you are doing right now, things will turn into a vicious cycle that will be ruled by negativity, and I would never wish than to anyone.
I will admit not knowing what I’m going to do after I graduate sounds terrifying, but I am sure that I will do something that I will love to bits and pieces. One of the major life lessons I’ve learned is that it is not worth doing the things you hate because they will only make you bitter, so the best thing to do is to stay in constant motion, to move forward and to always challenge yourself and try something new.
Do you hate your job? Quit and look for a new one. You don’t like what you’re studying? Study something else, something that you’re willing to do all-nighters and not feel bad about it the next day. But remember to love yourself and follow the things that make you passionate, turn your dreams into a reality, keeping them in the back of your head will not make them come true. Get your hands dirty with ink and paint as you create a visual representation of what you want and put it somewhere were you can see it.
Ignore people’s comments because it’ll only drive you insecure, you are strong enough to do anything and you can do the things you love, even if it’s just for an hour a day until you make it a full-time thing. Being jealous or envious of someone is not good, especially if you are vocal about it and spread rumors, you only know your side of the story but not the other person’s and how those rumors might affect them.
Be kind to yourself and those around you, sit down and listen to people’s stories so you can understand their point of view and maybe learn from them. Most of the epiphanies I’ve had these past couple of years happened because I sat down and listened to other people, especially my professors and classmates.
I will advise every person who is starting a new chapter in their life to sit down with a cup of tea or coffee and write down the core emotions you would like to feel throughout this new chapter of your life. This is a technique that I learned from reading Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map and it has helped me a lot in these past couple of months and the creation of this website and I hope that someday someone else will feel the same way.
I hope that this letter will give you the comfort that you need to start anew and I pray that this new chapter is filled with passion, creativity, and lots of love.
Wishing you the best,