Dear freshman me,
You’re coming into college ready to conquer the world, but God has even bigger plans for you. Don’t be mad when things don’t go according to YOUR plan because they’re going according to His. You think you know what you want to do, where you want to go, and who you want to be, but you don’t even know what club you’re going to end up in. If I could go back and do it all over again, I wouldn’t. You’ve grown so much over the past three years and God has been working in your life to strengthen you for what’s coming next.
Three pieces of advice that I wish you had known, though, go a little bit like this.
1. Love relentlessly.
Life is hard and sometimes people let you down and don’t meet your expectations. Love them anyways. Someone will probably talk about you behind your back. Love them anyways. You’ll probably get in a fight with your friends at some point. Love them anyways. It doesn’t matter what happens or who screws you over. God loves you each and every day, 24/7 and you’re called to do the same. Love relentlessly, no matter what.
2. Live authentically.
Too many people out here are living life with a mask on. Don’t let that be you. I know you always want to be the best, and sometimes you tend to pretend that things are perfect and life is dandy, when they aren’t. So I want to challenge you to resist the urge to put the mask on when life gets tough. It’s okay to cry, and it’s okay to let others know that you’re not okay. Emotions aren’t the devil and having emotions doesn’t make you weak. Being your true self allows the light of the Lord to shine more vibrantly through you.
3. Laugh continuously.
Don’t take yourself too seriously. If you can’t laugh at yourself, you don’t deserve to be laughing. It’s okay to make mistakes. Own them. Pursuing joy with the passions that God has gifted you with will help you stay humble in the highs and hold your head up in the lows. Despite constant change and “no’s” and rejection, laughter will keep you thriving. Find a couple pals who make you laugh so hard that your stomach hurts and you’re snorting out your nose. They’re the keepers.
Freshman me, you’re about to be on the ride of your life with a whole lot of confusion, desperate prayers for guidance, and the fire of the Lord to steer you in the right direction. Open your ears and your heart to accept others and learn from their unique perspectives. You’re going to make a difference in someone’s life and a whole lot of someone’s are going to make a difference in yours. You got this, little me, so thrive on.
All of the love,