A letter to my 18-year-old self

18-year-old me
18-year-old me

I was thinking today about how my life as a 32-year-old woman is nothing like I imagined it would be. I wouldn’t ever want to know the future, and it’s not that I have any regrets, but if I could write a letter to my 18-year-old self, a girl just a few months away from graduating high school, this is what it would say:

Dear 18-year-old Natalie,

Things are exciting right now, aren’t they? You’re about to graduate high school and head off to Indiana Wesleyan where you will study art. You won’t be there long, but you’ll figure all that out, and it’s for the best.

There are some things I want you to know. I could tell you what’s going to happen to you, about your college career, the places you’ll move, the jobs you’ll have, the hearts you’ll break and those who will break your heart, but you need to experience that on your own.

What I want you to know is that things aren’t going to turn out like you think they will. That’s not a bad thing. Your family, friends, society… will all make you think that there’s a playbook of life and that it’s the same for everyone. They will make you think that there’s only one definition of success and happiness, but that’s not true.

You will not find happiness in a man, Natalie. You will try. You will try very, very hard, but there are other things in this life that will make you much happier. Don’t let anyone make you think that where you are in life isn’t “normal” or that there are things you are “supposed” to want.

God is going to use you to do things other people can’t do- in the same way He uses them to do things you can’t do. You have to trust that all your frustrations and hardships are leading up to something wonderful that God has planned for you.

Relax. Enjoy the ride. When you’re 32, you’re not going to be where you think you’ll be. Instead, you’ll be exactly where God wants you. And I can say with confidence… you’ll be the happiest, most confident, and most peaceful you’ve ever been.

All my love,
Your 32-year-old self

32-year-old me
32-year-old me
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6 thoughts on “A letter to my 18-year-old self

  1. Hi lady,
    we always need to put in mind this verse Ecclesiastes 3:1 before we decide or conclude anything please.
    for sure for a long time a born again christian like has been praying about a partner for marriage but up to now, have not got an answer,some times we need to give God time to bring us the perfect match.
    I am founder at community child development orphanage and favour nursery and primary school here in uganda sironko district, i work with many orphankids, because i did not get an answer about my partner i decided to continue embracing the orphan children as wait for Gods right time to bring her.
    Otherwise i am requesting you kindly to pray about this name Wagidoso Dan for any reason may be it might happen to be the perfect match for you.
    Ask God to reveal to you,just take your time please.
    Looking forward to hearing about your reply from God.
    Be blessed
    Dan.

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