Yesterday was your birthday. Happy belated birthday. You were born in 1984. You would be 39.
You were gone on Saturday, May 17, 2003. I was 16 years old at the time. I couldn't accept your death. I should've been there. I was in denial.
20 years later. Now I'm 36. Time flies. That's crazy.
It surprises me every day that my younger-self was able to survive your death. When things don't go my way, I would tell myself that in order to keep the mind in check.
I almost died on Tuesday, August 15, 2023. I went mountain biking for the first time with friends on a strenuous trail.
The mountain bike didn't fit me. I got it for free from one of my I Junk It clients. The bike was good for a tall person with small feet. My toes kept hitting the front tire every time I turned.
I was focused on the bike and trail.
Almost halfway from the trail, I was biking downhill. It was rocky. I panicked. My hands weren't on the handle grip. The bike and I jumped off the trail.
At that moment, I thought I died. It was a blur. The bike was gone. I was able to catch the edge of the cliff. It was a pause for me. I felt that my sister pushed me to the edge of the cliff. She saved me.
Dear Future Girlfriend,
You love me for me.
I don’t have a typical 9-5 job. I still live with my parents. I’m not financially stable.
You never cared for society talking about me.
You're a single man looking for a lady. You say that you're open and kind. You communicate. She agrees with you. You say something. You're shut down by one mistake. That's it. You're not given a second chance.
You just don't know. Nothing works for you. Only the people with relationships know.
You went on a date with a lady. Everything was great until she asked money from you. It was tough for you to swallow. You told her, "Sorry I won't be able to." Then she ghosted you.
You were talking to a lady from the Philippines through FaceBook Messenger for a year. You finally went on a date with her. You enjoyed the night. Then you came back home from the Philippines to the States. A friend told you to write a letter to her. You asked for her address. You mailed the letter. Then she ghosted you.
I'm halfway from reading Suleika Jaouad's memoir, Between Two Kingdoms. At 22 years old, Jaouad's life changes once she's diagnosed with cancer. So far the book talks about life, death, and identity.
As I grow older, my identity changes.
A friend told me to look back at your past for every decade in your life (not every year). I'm 36 years old. That's almost 4 decades of my life.
Imagine if I get to connect and hangout with 26 year old self, 16 year old self, and 6 year old self. I would really love to. That would be highly unlikely.
At the time, I would follow what I see and hear. I just went by the program. I had no idea what I wanted. I didn't have any drive or motivation for one passion. Because my anxiety and ego would stop me.
I had doubts. I didn't believe in myself. I had a low self-esteem.
My younger-self would envision a better life by graduating from college, getting a high-paying job, buying a house, and starting a family.
This was my dream.
It's not what I wanted.
Come to think of it, my life did have a purpose. It was jealousy.
My younger-self wanted to be better than you. I hated it when you would succeed. The ego would take over my mind. It was unhealthy.
My life still has a purpose. It has changed.
It's survival now. I continue to work on my craft as well.
Find your purpose in life.
You can't sleep. You can't function. You're not able to stop your racing thoughts. You're more worried and concerned about others than yourself.
Everything you do in life is for others. You believe you're being watched. You assume that the world revolves around you. You want perfection from yourself for the sake of others.
You make a mistake. You put yourself down. You keep it a secret. You're embarrassed. You believe being honest and vulnerable is for the weak. You expect that you'll be hated or shamed from others. You get paranoid.
You enjoy talking about yourself to others. You like to run the show. You talk about how great you are. Nothing else.
You choose to please everyone. You have a hard time saying no to others. You assume that you won't be liked or belonged.
You're hoping that people won't need your assistance. So you won't give them a straight forward answer. You're afraid to ignore them.
You're pressured to say yes to others. What keeps you from saying yes is expecting something in return.
Giving comes from the heart.
Things don't go according to your plan. Expect for things to not go your way. Welcome to life.
Frustration has taken over your mind. You hear critics. You compare yourself from others. No one believes in you. You give up. You're fed up. You want out. It's difficult.
You pray. You wish. You buy the lotto. You're waiting for your dreams to come to you with the snap of a finger. Good luck.
You don't like asking help from others. You do want to learn. You would prefer any opportunity, advice, or story from them other than money.
Money doesn't solve everything.
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day," writes in the Bible found in a passage from Matthew 4:19. "Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
Money givers might expect something in return from you. Be mindful about it. You don't want to be owned. You didn't ask for the money. It was offered to you.
You believe that giving comes from the heart. Don't be a crutch from a money giver. You can't control or change anyone. Understand others and make adjustments. Your worst enemy is yourself.
You have to suffer in order to grow. We live in an imperfect world.
You've achieved a goal. You think that a completed goal has fixed you. The end isn't near yet. You have another goal to achieve. Your story continues. Death is your finish line.
Prioritize your mental health. Have yourself a plan. Stop dreaming. Make it happen. Take action. Stay the course. Be resilient and persistent. Trust the process.
It takes practice and patience. You'll get there.
Where there's bad, there's good.
You're alive. You're breathing.
I'm 33 year old.
I've found my inner-peace than ever before, but it's an everyday practice since we live in an imperfect world.
You gain more experiences as you grow older.
You'll learn more at a young age from following these tips I could've (and should've) learned earlier. They'll give you a huge advantage in life.
Here you go: