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Speaker’s Corner: Dear Me

June 7, 2015


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I really liked this video! It had a really warm feeling to it, with lots of positive messages. The two I (Simon here) could relate to the most are:

1) Don’t eat so much junk food: I’m amazed that I don’t have significantly more health issues considering I drank 8 cans of soda a day, ate a box of craft dinner every day, and ate Skittles like it was the end of the world. I’m attributing my non-death to the fact that I played so much basketball. If calories spent is greater than calories consumed, then that’s a good thing. I just wish I knew more about nutrition and could have made healthier choices at a younger age. Bah!

2) Learn more French, dummy! And it’s not for any professional reasons either, not like “more job opportunities will come your way” or something like that. I like my job just fine, thanks! The main reason I want to know French: to read Marcel Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time” in the original. It’s the best thing I ever read. Orrrrr, I also should have learned Japanese, so I can play Final Fantasy games in the original. Yes, my motivation to learn other languages is to consume its entertainment. I’m sure that’s what motivated a lot of kpop fans to learn Korean as well!

Otherwise, this video is a lot more interesting to me now because we just watched “Boyhood” yesterday. What we really liked about the movie: it seems like everybody was always giving MJ advice, and he never took any of it, and still turned out alright. All the stuff that seemed big to him at the time doesn’t really play a big factor in his later life. Bad haircuts are monumental at the time, but hair grows back. Moving to a new place is really sad, but you learn to love your new neighbourhood, until you leave there again. But the idea of not sweating the small stuff is hard to understand when you’re younger, and you don’t have a wide range of experience to compare your current experiences with. And that message, I think, kinda came across in this Speaker’s Corner video as well. But, interestingly, even if we could give our younger selves advice, I doubt we’d follow it, even if we knew for sure we were from the future.



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Speaker’s Corner: Dear Me


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  1. Dear younger self,

    Master the Korean language in high school so you can go to an art/film uni in Korea.
    Don’t waste time, don’t worry about university and don’t get hurt so easily. Depression isn’t as easy to ‘cure’ as people like to make out. Don’t beat yourself up about it.
    Just..spread more love & try to remain positive & optimistic..even in the most difficult situations.
    Just be yourself, be proud of who you are! NEVER give up..focus on your dreams and you’ll get there in the end! And KEEP DRAWING! Also…go to the GYM! A hot, fit body might make you a little less self-conscious during martial arts demos & in front of a camera. You’ll thank me later.


    5 years ago
  2. *kraft dinner

    5 years ago
  3. I would tell myself ( at age 12 ) to insist on going to highschool or getting a GED then, because a lot of my time was utterly wasted after that. I was bored in school, and I learned pretty much nothing new after 12 that I couldn’t have learned elsewhere ( life, internet, etc ). I’d also tell myself to learn all those languages right away and take business classes in college, so I could be totally prepared for my future career before the medical stuff gets bad. I’d tell myself that I’m glad I never dated in HS, and I’m glad I didn’t make any serious mistakes in that sense or otherwise, like drugs, alcohol, partying, etc.

    5 years ago
  4. Dear me, you’re not what all the kids say you are. You’re human, not a freak.

    There is nothing wrong with you, you’re just sick and like with most illnesses, you’ll get better/ learn to live with it.

    I know you have no friends, but trust me, you’ll find them and eventually you’ll find your best friend. He’ll be your rock and you’ll be his. You’ll fight, but in the end you still love each other.

    Be safe, because even if it doesn’t get better on its own, you’ll make some choices tar will make it better.

    5 years ago
  5. i would have moved to korea to be a teacher.i missed my chance to live there :(

    5 years ago
  6. To my younger self, talk more! It was kind of funny everyone thought I was “the smart one” because I was quiet and got good grades, but seriously don’t be afraid to tell your opinion. Who cares if no one else thinks like you thats what makes us awesome!

    Don’t hold all those grudges, its like baggage, just forgive and forget, freedom is important.

    The most important thing is getting your head out of your butt and being free. I know we moved like 16 times and the longest we knew anyone was a year but don’t let a lack of relationships define you. Remember our dreams and start checking off the bucket list NOW, don’t wait til later.

    You have a life don’t waste it being an angry goth, just keep dreaming and go toward your dreams instead of just dreaming all the time. Love you *Hugs*

    5 years ago
  7. My advice to my younger self: TAKE ART CLASSES and don’t be so hard on yourself. :)

    5 years ago
  8. If I could give my younger self advice I think it would be:

    You always count the days to good things. 10 days until Spring Break, 2 days until the weekend, etc.
    And even if things are horrible in the meantime you have that to look forward to. You look for hope in everything and it’s so important. Even smalls displays of hope can you you through a dark time.
    Bad things aren’t ever going to stop happening, but it still gets better. You learn who to trust and who not to trust and you learn how to cope. And things that would have hurt so bad at one time are things you can see past and grow from.

    Go ahead, try to lift me higher. I am infinite, I am eternal.

    5 years ago
  9. I know what you mean about our younger selves choosing not to listen to our own advice anyway. After all, we have lots of older and wiser people all around us; or people who have experienced certain things before us, and do we listen to them?? NOOOO hahaha!! xD

    There is one tip that I will take from this video though: Spend more time with your parents. I really need to do that.

    5 years ago