Dear 21 year old self,

Congrats! You’ve made it to twenty one like where did all the time go?
Anyways I hope by now you have realized that everything is always going to be alright. You are being thrown into some of the greatest years of your life. There is so much that happens during your twenties, so hold on tight, you’re in for quite a ride!
To be honest your teenage years were cool but you spent a lot of them unsure of yourself. You didn’t know what to do. Growing up always scare you because you wanted time to slow down & I know you must be thinking right now where did all the time go but trust me there’s nothing to be scared about. You are scared that your dreams will be shattered or you won’t be able to do what you want to do but the thing is you have to trust & love yourself first. Don’t care about what other people think about you, keep doing what you love. You will change your mind alot but things will fall into place. These early years are meant for discovering your passions and isolate your dislikes. Trust your instincts but continue to work hard. I know it doesn’t seem like it, but you have so much more privilege than you have any clue about. Practice gratitude every single day.

Life is complicated and full of opportunities but no one is going to tell you how to get to where you want to be. We all have different paths to take and figure things out in our own ways. You’re 21 and have the rest of your life ahead of you. Think about it…… your twenties you will graduate and you will be thrown into the real world. Okay let’s be real, that sounds absolutely crazy but it’s true. I want you to get excited because this day symbolizes the door to your future, your life and your life is what you make of it.

Right now, right this second, you are your youngest self. With this being said, I want you to to understand few things, and realize that you have the power to achieve what you want. You have to hold on to your dreams and never let them go. You have to be selfish during these years because focusing on yourself and figuring out what you want is so important. Find people who who appreciate you for your originality and never let them go. Never forget the importance of your family…….always keep them close to your heart. Stay humble by constantly reminding yourself of your roots.

There is one last thing that you need to promise yourself, something that is so important for your mental and emotional well being. Always stay strong and independent, as cliché as it sounds. You are incredibly smart and capable of supporting yourself and there’s so much pride that is attached to that. I want you to be the best possible version of yourself.
Just never lose sight of your strength and how amazing you are because it will be so rewarding to you in the end.

Get excited……. there’s so much to look forward to.

With love,


Love and light.x.


18 thoughts on “A letter to my 21 years old self!

  1. Masha’Allah, a beautiful positive letter with wise insights.
    Alhamdulillah for the twenties: a time for finding ourselves, and for realising in small ways what we can offer the world. Insha’Allah in the early thirties, we can really start nurturing ourselves and others, building on all that foundational adulting work from age twenty one.
    When we want to achieve truly valuable feats, self-development is so important. May Allah bless our intentions, ameen.

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  2. Oh to be 21 again! What am i talking about it was only 4 years ago but I can tell you I haven’t felt those 4 years pass at all! Make memories, be adventurous, be spontaneous, tomorrow is never promised so make the most of it completely!

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  3. Love this letter….reminds me of my days in college..when I use to pen down some feelings in dairy…nostalgic….Congrats on hitting 21…and wishing you many more beautiful years of health, peace and happiness…


    1. Being independent according to me is to be able to make decisions & not rely on others for things that I can do myself & incredibly smart is related to intelligent. Is that wrong?


  4. 20s were definitely some of the most important years of my life and in spite of a few drawbacks, they were definitely some of the best years of my life too. You’ve given some wonderful advice in this letter to people who are in their 20s. Thanks for sharing!

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