Updated: Jul 31, 2021
Me writing a letter to my younger self is symbolic to me saying to my sons all the things that was never said to me that I think would've ultimately changed the course of my life.
I've always considered myself as being tough, tough enough to do whatever I wanted to whoever I wanted. After all, 'Only the strong survives', right. When I first heard that quote I thought of it superficially. I thought, 'brawn, bravery and the ability to take things to the extreme. However, I neglected the other side of the meaning to that saying. Being strong consist of more than physicality. Only the strong survives, also measures up a person's mental fortitude, the strength of maintaining ones morals while being mindful of one's responsibilities and priorities.
Women and children can afford to be careless, men don't have that luxury. There is choices I've made based on the surface without truly understanding what lies beneath. Just like there's a decision that you can make, that seems right at the time, only to find out later that that same decision that made sense at the time, is the same decision that is potentially rotting your soul.
"There is a way that seems right to a man, yet in the it leads to death."
You can't buy your soul, but you can sell it, and there's nothing on this earth that can redeem it, so why not protect your soul, be cautious of what you're taking into yourself, and be aware of those things that temporarily feels good, those are the things that will never satisfy or quench your thirst. Money, drugs, unhealthy friendships/relationships will absolutely rob you of your true potential.
Believe me, I know. For 20 years I've been trying to recoup what I've lost.
'What is it for a man to gain the whole world and yet lose his soul.'
It cost more than money and materialism to repair a damaged soul.