A blog post for my younger self


I’m incredibly proud of you. You’re fighting the darkness. Keep going. You’re going to find the light.

You come out stronger. You have a voice. You’re inspiring others to speak up and share their experiences with the world.

Nothing is going to stop you! Not the bullies! Not the haters! Not those who doubt your capabilities!

Trust every thought you have. Believe in yourself. You’re much more than ‘potential’. You’re a star waiting to shine. You have a voice about to stand out.


Those you love are by your side. You’re not alone. You never have to feel you can’t speak up. Don’t be afraid. It’s OK. When the darkness swallows you up, you can say. Don’t hide behind your smile. Don’t be afraid. Reach out to those you trust. Know you can talk to your friends.

You’re the person you wanted to be

The person you dream about being is the person whose writing you this blog post.


Despite everything, you come out on top. You’re standing proud. You’re standing knowing you’re the person you’ve always been, but never had the confidence to be.

You talk in front of crowds. You talk about what you’re going through with others.

That’s why you have to believe in yourself. When you’re at your lowest, know it’s OK to have some alone time. It’s also OK to tell others how you feel. Don’t be afraid to say you’re not OK at the fear of what someone will say. The people who love you will be there to support. They’ll be their to listen.

Listen to yourself as well. When you want to do something, don’t hesitate. You were born to make an impact on this world. You were born to be different. You’re John Sennett! You’re a beautiful human being with a radiant smile. Don’t let anyone else tell you so.


Fight for who you are

Fight to be the person you are. Not literally! Put in the work to be the star you are. It’ll all be worth it. Look in the mirror and stand proud. You know who you are. You know what you can do. You know the haters are jealous. You know those who are doubting your capabilities are afraid at what you can achieve.

John, you set a Guinness World Record. Let that be some inspiration for you. You can do a lot. You can do anything you put your mind to. You can be anyone you want to be.


The nights you feel alone, write down your feelings. Writing will help you.

The days you feel happy, write down how you feel and why you feel this way. Writing will be your inspiration.

You’re an inspiration

You’re an inspiration, John! You might not know it now and you might be worried about what this means, but know that every struggle you have, it’ll go on to help someone else.

You learn to open up. It’s tough. But, when you know how you feel and understand what’s made you feel that way, you’ll be the person you’re meant to be.


Your future self is here waiting for you. The opportunity to be the person you look up to is there waiting for you. Take chances. Take risks. Speak up. Say what you feel. Even if it’s just to yourself. You know how strong you are.

Never forget

Nan will always be with you. She may have just left, but she’ll always be in your heart. She’ll always be by your side.

Continue her legacy. It might surprise you. You go on to help communities around the world. You go on to work with groups on 6 continents. Nan will always be proud of you. You know how much you meant to her. Don’t lose that feeling. Remember that! Remember she’s always with you and you will go on to be the best person you can be.


Promise me…

That what may happen in the months/years to come, that you never lose yourself. Never let someone tell you what to do. Do things your way. Be true to who you are and embrace everything about you.

You will go on to do amazing things and you will go on to excel in life. This is coming from your future self…

Images by Tajinder Kaur


39 thoughts on “A blog post for my younger self

  1. Great story for your younger self! Very inspiring and motivational. My daughter has been dealing with bullies and they suck. But, you’re a great person, that I can tell. Keep up the great work John!! ❀️

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    1. Thank you for sharing it with your son. If he wants, I definitely recommend reading a few of my last posts. They speak up about men talking about feelings and my bullying story in a bit more detail.


  2. This would be a good read for any middle schooler (my kids are in 5th and 7th grade). Those are tough years, but you can make it through. Sometimes they need encouragement and boosting of self esteem at that age.

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  3. I LOVE this! It’s interesting how advice to our younger selves is still so applicable today in our lives, as well as for our children and others around us. Too often we learn things and don’t think to share what we learn with others. Thank you!

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  4. Great writing. Hindsight is a wonderful thing isn’t it? I think you’ve resonated with a lot of people within this post as we all wish we could give our younger self some words of wisdom. And yours is lovely and spot on and probably what a lot of people reading need to read right now. Thank you for sharing, and you are a lovely person. Keep on writing!

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  5. This is very inspirational!
    I love how you open up to your younger self. Despite we live in modern days, I find a lot of people who are scared of showing their emotions – we are so brainwashed by a model that if you show your feelings you are a weak person 😦
    And I love how positive you are, despite everything that can happen in life you still reassure your younger self that everything is worth.
    I agree! Life is great despite ups and downs.
    Keep up the good work, looking forward to reading more.



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