Dear future me,

If you're reading this right now, I want to say thank you. Thank you for not giving up, even if there were a lot of reasons to give up. Thank you for loving yourself, even if there were times think you are unloveable. Thank you for making it this far.

I also want to congratulate you for surviving! You have overcome a lot of challenges in your life. You surpassed those failing grades, sleepless nights, first heartbreak, family problems and friendships that ended. I really hope you're the better version of myself. Those moments have made you to who you are now. But life isn't over yet, so you'll have a lot more experiences coming your way and I hope you will embrace them with both of your hands. We have a lot more bridges to make, more oceans to dive, more mountains to climb and more failures to accept.

I like to think of myself as a positive person, although I always think of the worst things that could happen. I wonder if you still think like that. It kind of held you back sometimes, but hey, you made it to this day anyway.

Where are you currently working? Right now I don’t really know what I want to do yet, but working as a producer – for a radio program – seems really great. As of today I work at a bakery as a catering assistant. You're colleagues are amazing, most of the costumers (read: moody old grandma's) not so much. I really enjoy making coffees – especially late macchiato's, but only if it is not too busy on the terrace. Did the renovation happen? And did the two women from last Saturday really bought the place? So yes, were the 'new' bosses nice?

Friends are a big part of your 17 year old self life. I wonder if you still have contact with some of them! Right now I'd like to think of some of them as friendships that will last forever. I really hope you still speak to them.

Love, me