Letter to a Younger Self: A Project HEAL Series
Dear Little Kristina, I hope you know that your greatest strengths are not held in what you look like. You have so many gifts to offer the world - you are smart, vivacious, a born leader, an innovator, and have the potential to make a huge impact in the world. None of this depends on what you look like. These are the traits that I hope you spend time cultivating and developing.
Looks are immutable. Pouring time and energy into them is stupid; they don't change! All the time you spend dieting, getting facials, doing your hair, trying to look perfect - is just wasted time. Instead, you could spend time cultivating the things that matter - developing deep relationships, learning about the world, working on changing it.
In the end, you will be most beautiful when you are confident - putting your natural leadership abilities into action and using your intelligence to inspire the world. I hope that you will come to understand this sooner rather than later. When you attract people to yourself that like you for these real reasons, not simply because of your looks, that is when you will truly be fulfilled and happy.