Dear Adult You,

I just wanted you to know that I am so incredibly proud of you.

Maybe you hear that a lot, or maybe you don’t, but either way, I wanted to tell you. I am so proud of the person you have grown into and the things you have sacrificed, conquered, and accomplished to get where you are.

I admire your bravery in fighting your demons, and I’m proud that you haven’t given up and thrown in the towel, even when quitting seemed to be the only thing you’ve wanted to do. You’ve reached out for help, and that’s something that can be incredibly hard to do. I’m proud of you for fighting your own battles and always standing up for yourself and those you care about, even if it isn’t always the easiest choice to make. You are able to be open with yourself and others, and that is not an easy thing to do.

I’m proud of where you have gone, the places you have seen, and the people you have met. You’ve figured out how to live life outside of your comfort zone, and that’s something many people will never achieve. You’re spontaneous, quirky, and you strive to be fearless – all things I had hoped I would be. Your ability to keep an open mind when it comes to other cultures, people, and lifestyles is impeccable.

I’m proud of you for following your dreams, even the ones that scared you – even if that meant marching to your own beat of the drum. You’re careless of what others might think. Your creativity and resilience are otherworldly – and something that I am pleasantly surprised to see.

I’m proud of you for knowing when you deserve better, and for knowing when you need to quit putting up with certain people and their careless behavior. You care about those closest to you and would go to the ends of the earth for them, even though it sometimes went under appreciated or altogether ignored. You try to find the good in people and you dole out more chances than people deserve. You know that there are very few things in this world that can’t be cured or fixed with some laughter, and you’re always happy to step up to the plate and provide that. I would be proud to have a friend like you.

I’m proud of you for making the choice to continue your education, and for sticking with it when the going got tough. Even more so, I am proud of how well you did and the fact that you did it in four years. You even took the time to leave the country and the only place you’ve ever really known to travel to a different place and learn the people and their culture for a semester. You were brave enough to do that and I couldn’t be prouder.

I’m proud of you for knowing your worth. For knowing when you deserve better and for not being afraid to demand that. And when you aren’t getting the treatment you deserve, I’m proud of you for knowing when enough is enough and being strong enough to let go and walk away.

You realize that not everything is worth the fight or struggle and that sometimes you just need to let it go.

You have accomplished so much since you were my age, and I hope you realize how amazing that is, and how amazing you are. In case you don’t hear it enough, I am proud of you.

Sincerely,

Kid You

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