Light: The journey of life and what you would say to a younger you

In O magazine, Oprah this month, along with a number of other celebrities, writes a letter to her younger self.

Arianna Huffington would tell her younger self to get more sleep. Maya Angelou would say to find a piece of art and relate, as much as possible, to the humanity in it. And Oprah, the 58-year-old media mogul reveals what advice she would give to her teenage self, a 19-year-old woman she addresses as “beautiful brown-skinned girl.”

“You’ve spent too many days and years trying to please others and be what they wanted you to be,” she writes. “You will have to learn that the wounds of your past — rape, molestation, whippings for ‘stepping out of place,’ and not being allowed to show anger or cry afterward — damaged your self-esteem,” she says.

I know mine would read;

Darling Nicola,

Though you have suffered a childhood starved of love, traumatised by the violence, anger and sadness around you, stand tall and value yourself.  Everything passes. This time will not dent your body nor break your soul.  Look for love not from those around you but from your spirit within.  Worry not for the relationships around you, nurture yourself for the relationship you have with you is the relationship that will carry you through.

It is the one that is the most important because you will always be you and you will always ‘have’ you.  Your body can be raped, you can feel pain and shed tears of grief for things that have been done to you and those around you but through it all, hold onto you. You are beautiful. You are amazing.  Whatever mistakes you make matter not.

Life begins when you have succeeded in healing the wounds of old, letting go of pain, forgiving and approaching everything with love. You have a right to be here and have your basic needs met. The universe will provide. There is much injustice in the world but you can ease the world’s pain by being kind to yourself.

You have nothing to prove and lastly, get thee to a shaman and take up yoga and meditation. They will change your life 😉

Love and light


What would yours say?