You have reached the voicemail of …. You have one unread message sent on June 21st, 2004, at 11 AM.

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Hey, it’s me, or should I say, it’s you from the past. I’m glad this message went to voicemail because now you can listen to it whenever you need a reminder. Life can get overwhelming, and sometimes you just need a familiar voice to remind you of where you’ve been and where you’re headed.

I hope you’re still alive and kicking because nothing else matters more than that. Your health and well-being are the foundations of everything else you want to achieve. Without them, the rest of your dreams and goals are impossible to pursue. So, if you’re listening to this, take a moment to appreciate the simple fact that you are here, alive and breathing. That’s a victory in itself, one that too often gets overlooked in the rush of daily life.

Your survival and presence are the most important things. No matter what challenges you’ve faced or are facing right now, the fact that you’re still here means you’ve won countless battles, even if they don’t always feel like victories. Each day you wake up is a new opportunity, a new chance to shape your life and make it what you want it to be.

If life didn’t lead you to achieve all the goals you set out for, remember, it’s only been 20 years. You still have at least another 20 years ahead, and whatever didn’t work out was probably for the best. Sometimes, a closed door is a protection from something that could have broken you even more. For instance, going through a divorce can be incredibly painful, but imagine if you had stayed in a toxic or abusive relationship that could have destroyed your spirit. Instead, you emerge stronger, and you have a healthy child who brings joy into your life every day.

Think about the opportunities you’ve had to see the world. You’ve walked by the towering skyscrapers of New York on an ordinary day, something many people only dream of. You’ve experienced the diversity and vibrancy of different cultures, which has enriched your life in ways that reaching a particular goal might not have. If life had gone differently, you might not have had these experiences. You could have faced much harsher realities, like severe health issues or devastating financial ruin. But you didn’t. You are here, and while things might not have gone as planned, you’ve gained resilience and perspective.

It could be much worse. You could have lost everything in a catastrophic event, like a natural disaster, or faced unimaginable hardships like extreme poverty or political instability that some people endure every day. But you didn’t. You’re here, with the chance to build a future, make new memories, and continue striving for happiness and fulfillment.

So, even if you feel like you’ve failed in some aspects, remember that you’ve also succeeded in ways that matter deeply. You’ve lived through challenges that made you stronger, you’ve loved and cared for your child, and you’ve navigated life’s uncertainties with courage. Keep going, keep loving yourself, and know that every step you take is a testament to your strength and resilience.

Maybe you’re married, sharing your life with someone who brings you joy and companionship. Or perhaps you’ve already been through a divorce, a painful yet transformative experience that taught you more about yourself and what you need from a relationship. But if you haven’t found true love yet, don’t be disheartened. Instead, give all that love to yourself.

You deserve it for making it this far. The journey you’ve been on hasn’t been easy, and the fact that you’re still standing is a testament to your strength and resilience. Self-love is the foundation upon which all other relationships are built. When you cherish and value yourself, you set the standard for how others should treat you.

Many people don’t even get the chance to live as long as you have. Their lives were cut short, and they never had the opportunities you do now. They’re watching you from heaven with pride, seeing the person you’ve become and the life you’ve built. They know the struggles you’ve faced and the battles you’ve fought. They see your courage and determination, and they’re cheering you on every step of the way.

So, whether you’re navigating the complexities of a marriage, healing from a divorce, or still searching for that special someone, remember to love yourself first and foremost. Take time to nurture your own heart, to appreciate your own worth. You’ve come so far, and there’s so much more ahead of you. By loving yourself, you’ll find the strength to keep moving forward, to keep striving for happiness and fulfillment. And when true love does come, you’ll be ready to embrace it with open arms and a heart full of self-respect and confidence.

You’ve likely fought many battles alone, battles that didn’t end when everything seemed lost but instead made you stronger. These battles could have been personal struggles, moments of intense self-doubt, or challenges that seemed insurmountable. Yet, you faced them head-on, with courage and determination. Each of these experiences has shaped you, adding layers of resilience and wisdom to your character. I’m proud of you for that.

You might feel small and insignificant at times, especially when the weight of the world feels too heavy to bear. But remember, even if you’re much older now, you’re still a child at heart who deserves love and compassion. That child within you, full of dreams and hopes, still exists and needs nurturing. It’s important to acknowledge that inner child and give it the love and care it deserves.

If no one told you today, just know that you are worth it. Your worth is not determined by your successes or failures, but by your inherent value as a human being. You are unique, with your own set of talents, dreams, and experiences. You’ve made it through difficult times, and that in itself is a testament to your strength and resilience.

Life can be tough, and it’s easy to forget your worth amidst the chaos. But take a moment to remind yourself of all that you’ve accomplished, of the battles you’ve won and the strength you’ve shown. You are deserving of love, respect, and kindness, not just from others, but from yourself as well. Embrace your journey, with all its ups and downs, and know that every step you’ve taken has brought you to this point. You are worth it, and you always will be.

Life goes on as long as we’re alive, and if you’ve made it to 2024 after everything you’ve been through, you are truly incredible. Your journey is a testament to your resilience, perseverance, and adaptability. Born in the vibrant and transformative 80s, a decade that saw the birth of modern technology and cultural shifts, you’ve experienced the world in a way few can fully understand.

Raised in the dynamic 90s, you witnessed the rise of the internet, the evolution of music, and the changing landscapes of social and political life. You navigated your formative years during a time of immense change and growth, learning to adapt to new technologies and societal shifts with a grace that many find challenging.

Now, having lived through four distinct decades, you’ve seen the world transform in ways that are almost unimaginable. You’ve experienced two different centuries, with their unique challenges and opportunities, and two different millennia, each bringing its own set of expectations and realities. You’ve navigated the end of one millennium and the beginning of another, witnessing firsthand the incredible advancements and the complex struggles that come with such transitions.

And the most astonishing part? You’re not even 40 yet. Despite your relatively young age, you’ve accumulated a wealth of experiences that span significant historical, cultural, and technological shifts. This breadth of experience has given you a unique perspective on life, one that combines the wisdom of the past with the innovative spirit of the present.

Your ability to adapt, to grow, and to thrive in such rapidly changing times speaks volumes about your character and strength. You’ve embraced the challenges and opportunities that each new decade has brought, continually evolving and finding ways to succeed and find joy. Your journey is a remarkable one, filled with stories of resilience, adaptation, and growth.

So take a moment to appreciate your incredible journey. You’ve lived through times that have shaped the world, and you’ve come out stronger and wiser. Life goes on, and as long as you’re alive, you have the power to continue shaping your story, embracing each new chapter with the same strength and resilience that has brought you this far.

I’m proud of you for growing up before technology took over, for spending your childhood playing outside, exploring the world with boundless curiosity, and making lifelong friends. You experienced a time when imagination was your greatest tool, when you built forts, rode bikes, and played games that required nothing but creativity and a sense of adventure. Those days of carefree play instilled in you a sense of wonder and connection to the world around you that is truly special.

I admire your ability to adapt to new changes, embrace the rapid advancements in technology, and to integrate them into your life without losing sight of the values and experiences that shaped you. Moving to a different country, starting over so many times, and facing the unknown with courage and determination is no small feat. Each move, each new beginning, has added to your rich tapestry of experiences, making you a person of depth and resilience.

Even if things didn’t work out as you hoped, you tried, and that’s worth so much. The effort you put into chasing your dreams, the persistence in the face of setbacks, and the courage to keep going despite challenges are all achievements in their own right. Success isn’t always measured by the outcome but by the journey, and your journey has been remarkable.

I see you with admiration and respect for dreaming big, for daring to envision a future filled with possibilities, and for everything you’ve accomplished, no matter how small it may seem. Each step you’ve taken, and each challenge you’ve faced, has contributed to the person you are today. Your dreams and efforts, whether they led to the results you wanted or not, demonstrate your indomitable spirit and willingness to strive for a better life.

Keep going, keep loving yourself, and remember, you’re worth it. Your worth isn’t defined by your achievements alone but by your inherent value as a person who has lived, loved, and persevered. Continue to embrace your journey with self-love and compassion. You’ve come so far, and there is so much more ahead of you. You are worthy of all the love, respect, and admiration that you give to others. Never forget that you are extraordinary, just as you are.

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