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From Our Readers: When You're Still Trying to Find Your Purpose

You're 16, and life isn't supposed to be figured out yet.
PHOTO A Fine Frenzy via YouTube ART Clare Magno

You've always wondered what's your purpose in this amazing yet sometimes, messed up world. You've always believed that there's a reason each one of us was placed in where we are right now. You've been eager to find out what's yours and you still haven't realized what that is yet. Countless times, you've stalked successful people's social media accounts—sighing and wondering if you'll ever be like them one day.

But right now, you're making your way through high school, battling every challenge coming down the hallway, conquering mountains of homeworks and projects, trying to stay awake in those sleepless nights to study or deal with all the anxieties you're having.

Lately you've been feeling lost, a nobody, an ordinary human being walking on the terrains of the Earth, a lost soul wandering and trying to find a space in this world.

Here's the thing: You're 16 and it's okay if you haven't figured out your path in life yet. There's still a lot of things you haven't experienced, a lot of places waiting to be explored, a lot of risks and chances and opportunities you should be taking. All these things will help shape your future self and eventually, help you know what you're here for.

You've been so eager to grow up and find your purpose that you didn't even realize that you're missing out on what's currently happening in your life. You're still young. Live life now. Don't act try and pretend to be an adult because when you finally become one, you'll be crying your eyes out and wishing that you'll get back all the time you lost on worrying.

Planning sounds good as you prepare for your future, but don't ever over-plan things. You've been so focused on the future that you're forgetting about the present. Over-planning kills the magic. Live in the moment and go with the flow because sometimes, unplanned ones make the best memories.

You are not a nobody because you don't just exist, you live every single day. Don't get discouraged whenever someone your age gets their big break. Everybody works at their own pace. You'll get there, you just have to work hard and wait. Don't rush things.

I know it's hard, and along the way you've experienced painful failures, losing yourself. The burdens, struggles, and fears you've faced wounded you and beat you up. You've also earned some painful memories that makes your chest ache. But remember this: they're not tattoos that are forever inked on your skin; they're just bruises that will disappear through time. The very painful ones are just wounds and like any other wound, they will heal too.

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Let the scars be a reminder that you're a strong, tough, and unbreakable woman. Let the scars be a reminder that you're a step closer to figuring out who you really are. 

You may not know your purpose now, but trust me, you will. Keep believing, keep walking. Stay positive and do what you do best.  We are all meant to be somebody.

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