Life is a learning process, always changing

Dear Self,

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You don’t have to have it all figured out. No one does at any time. Be kind to yourself.

This is the start of another blog. I am always drawn back to the blogging process as a way of self-reflecting, expressing creativity, and connecting with other like-minded individuals. But there is always one thing that stops me eventually – fear and self-doubt. Any reader of this blog will eventually learn that I overthink everything. I need a place to express myself and connect with others, but with that comes a level of vulnerability – the possibility of having others disagree or misinterpret, the possibility of having an opinion today and it changing in a couple years but then being held to that previous opinion.

But I’m tired of living with this fear and overthinking. My first letter to myself addresses this: life and people are constantly changing and we are constantly learning. Who I am today will inevitably be different from who I am in a year or ten. The opinions and thoughts that I have today will be different in the future, and that is good, that is growth. As I experience, live, read, reflect, and learn, my thoughts and ideas will change and develop, and what was relevant for me today will not be relevant in the future. But such is life and learning.

So Self, be kind to yourself. Remember the ebb and flow of life. Keep your mind open. Learn it all and integrate it into your own understanding. Never stop learning and growing.

“a healthy person is one who can grow and learn from all experiences.”

Mary Pipher, Letters to a Young Therapist