• Deborah Verga

My 15 Year Old Self

We should embrace everyday as a celebration of who we are. I didn't always feel this way.

It took me a long time, too long, to fully embrace who I am and who I project out into the world.

I lived my youth timid and veiled.

If I could go back and have a chat with my 15 year old self...

There are things I know now that I didn't know then. There are things I just don't care about now. And, there are things I care way more about now.

These things are my truths.

My 15 year old self.... living life backwards.

What would I say?

What would I say if I could go back and have a conversation with my 15 year old self?

That shy, introverted, empathetic girl...

That girl full of idealism, hopes and dreams...

That girl that was too afraid to take a chance... truly live... shine... and embrace who she was...

That girl that found horses and knew they would save her someday...

I'd set her straight on a few things. I'd get her onto her path much sooner than I found mine.

If I could enlighten my 15 year old self I'd start with...

  • All the confidence you need is already inside you. Let it shine!

  • The only one who has to believe in you, is you.

  • The only one you have to answer to, is you.

  • Your kind heart is vulnerable. Protect it.

  • Always stand up for what you believe in, without fear of repercussions.

  • Always live your life with conviction, passion & purpose.

  • As long as there is life, there is hope.

  • And... don't let your decisions be guided by lack or fear.

In a small way, I feel like I've had an opportunity to go back and make these changes, as these are the things I instill in my daughter every. single. day.

She is the me I should have been.

She is the me I am now.

It's nice to finally feel whole.

Oh, and to that girl that found horses and knew they would save her someday... you got that 100% right. And they continue to do so, every. single. day!

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