A Letter to My Adolescent Self

From Oscar Cristales, an ex-gang member serving time in a California state prison

Photo by Zoltan Tasi on Unsplash

Since the beginning of time, never has there been another with your mind, your heart, your hands, your hair, or your mouth. None that came before, none that live today, and none that will come tomorrow can walk, talk, move and think exactly like you. You are unique and different.

Never make vain attempts to imitate others. Accent your differences and hide your similarities. You are rare and there is value in all rarity. Therefore, you are valuable. Never be satisfied with yesterday’s accomplishments. Make a triumph of every aspect of life.

People will only get what they seek so choose your goals carefully. Know what you like and what you don’t like, be honest about what you can do well and what you cannot. Choose a career that interests you and work hard to make it a success, but also have fun in what you do.

Be honest with people and help them if you can, but don’t depend on anyone to make life easy or happy, for you. Only you can do that for yourself. Be strong and decisive, but remain sensitive. Regard your family, and the idea of a family, as the basis for. security, support, and love.

Understand who you are and what you want in life. Before you are ready to enter a relationship, make sure that the person is worthy of everything. you are physcally and mentally. Strive to achieve all that you want. Find happiness in everything that you do. You are not on this earth by chance. You are here for a purpose, and that purpose is to grow into a mountain not to shrink to a grain of sand, so apply all your efforts to become the highest mountain of all.

Life will be difficult, yet know that the prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning. and it is not given to anyone to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach their goal. Failure you may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides around the next bend in the road. You will never know how close it lies unles you turn the corner. Keep you eye on your goal. Persist until you succeed… Don’t despair, for where your dry desert ends, green grass grows!

Written and submitted by Oscar Cristales and published with his permission. All comments on this piece written here will be sent to Oscar. Medium automatically makes it seem that Aikya Param has written this story. It is not possible to change that. It was written by Oscar Cristales, not Aikya Param

Aikya Param is a licensed minister, a visual artist, and writer.

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