In the latest issue of O Magazine, Oprah wrote an open letter to her 19-year-old self. She advices her younger-self to "love yourself from your own heart!"

She wrote,

"I look into your eyes and see the light and hope of myself. In this photo you are just about to turn 20, posing outside the television station where you were recently hired as a reporter. You're proud of yourself for getting the job, but uncertain you'll be able to manage all your college classes before 1 and arrive at the station by 1:30 for a full day's work. Even so, your biggest concern is how to manage your love life with Bubba. Yes, you are dating someone named Bubba."

The "what was I thinking" moments always puts a smile on my face. We may not know what our decisions in life bring us at that moment, but I am a firm believer in things happen for a reason.

"You've spent too many days and years trying to please others and be what they wanted you to be. You will have to learn that the wounds of your past - rape, molestation, whippings for 'stepping out of place,' and not being allowed to show anger or cry afterward - damaged your self-esteem. Yet through it all, you've held on to a belief in God and God's belief in you.That will be your single greatest gift: knowing there is a power greater than yourself and trusting that Force to guide you."

The best advice I have received recently is this: Remember the lesson, not the memory. Not everything works out how we planned. Things go horribly wrong. We get down on ourselves. Pick yourself up, hold your head high, and know that if you dream it, you can achieve it!

If you could write a letter to your 19-year-old self, what would it say?

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