A letter to my younger self!

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I hope you are keeping well. We already made a pact; we will soldier on, no matter what. While we do so, please, let’s make sure we are checking on each other, helping those who need us during these tough times. A simple text message each morning “What can I do for you today?” or “Is there anything I can do for you today?” will go a long way.

Do you remember your younger years? What emotions do they spark in you? Do you remember those days with nostalgia or with a sense of regret? Maybe you are not of age yet and so; your younger years aren’t far away. Perhaps, you are too old to remember those years, whichever the case……..we all have a past.

This is the second time I am receiving a request to write to my younger self. Sometime last year, a features writer in a Kenyan newspaper reached out to me and asked me to write a letter to my 21-year old. I did. Last week, an upcoming blogger, 25-year-old; Jael Keya reached out to me, asking me to write a letter to my 25-year-old.

This is how you know that you are getting old and that through sharing your story, you might help young boys’ and girls’ live a life better than the one you had.

A few pointers in your twenties include;

  • Be kind to yourself.
  • Celebrate the little things in life.
  • Embrace life challenges and setbacks with resilience.
  • Surround yourself with people who love and treasure you.
  • Pause and breath, it’s never that serious.
  • Smile and find reasons to laugh some more.
  • Give without expecting anything in return.
  • Travel the less travelled path.
  • Embrace failure and be ready to fail spectacularly.

So here we go. This is my story as a 25-year-old as published on Jael Keya’s blog- https://unveilblog.wordpress.com/category/dear-younger-me/

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear” Anonymous.

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Patience Nyange

I believe in a just society and I am a strong believer in Ralph Waldo Emerson words: “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

12 thoughts on “A letter to my younger self!

  • 25th May 2020 at 12:23 pm

    To give to others what you weren’t given is pure selflessness. Thank you for giving the gift of mentorship to many of us; 25 year old Patience is certainly proud of the woman you have and are become.

    • 25th May 2020 at 2:44 pm

      Dear Naomi Sang,
      I am sure you are reading my blog post and thinking….wow…25 is really far away. Hahhaahaaha!
      May some of the lessons herein, speak to you. Do not limit your potential and capabilities. Treasure life and make memories along the way.


  • 25th May 2020 at 1:04 pm

    This is good. We grow and we learn. Thank you for sharing.

    • 25th May 2020 at 2:41 pm

      Thank you Adeline.
      Yes, we grow and learn. Hope some of the tips in here, speak to you.

      All the best.


  • 25th May 2020 at 1:22 pm

    The few pointers are amazing and very cardinal. Indeed you’re are work in progress. Keep up the great work!

    • 25th May 2020 at 2:39 pm

      Dear Amon,

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comment. It is well appreciated.
      May the lesson therein, help you in navigating your 20’s.


  • 25th May 2020 at 2:10 pm

    Wow! I love the 25 year old Patience, her courage and ambition. Thank you for the tips shared, I love these two; Travel the less travelled path & Be ready to fail spectacularly. I hope all young girls stepping into their twenties could read this.

    • 25th May 2020 at 2:38 pm

      Dear Cheboi,
      Thank you for your kind feedback. This conversation takes me back to the conversation we had one of those sleepovers. Yes, it helps us go down memory lane. We think of all the strides we made then and the lessons therein.

      All the best in your endeavours.


  • 28th May 2020 at 9:54 am

    This is amazing. Now at 25, this pointers are relatable. I would love to believe and practise the point that ‘it is never that serious’… I am happy that this pointers are coming from you, a person I admire.

    • 30th May 2020 at 8:42 pm

      Dear Dorcas,

      I am happy to walk the journey with you. We’ve been there done that.
      Yes, follow the pointers, it is never that serious. When in doubt, please get in touch. It will be well.

      Stay well until we meet again.

      Asante sana Dorcas.


    • 29th June 2020 at 1:13 am

      Thank you Mark.


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