Dear future Tiffany,

Today, if you wake up feeling just as you had yesterday, feeling disheartened, feeling down because you haven’t yet achieved the kind of success you want and are ready to give up on your dreams, WAKE UP.

Drag yourself out of bed. Force yourself to start the day productively by doing something small but easily achievable: making the bed, taking a cold shower, doing stretches — get your body and mind into the groove that it needs to be in.

And in the meantime, look over this list. These are just some of the things you’ve achieved since you started rebuilding your life:

I know to you, time is everything.

When you look back at the worst 9.5 years of your life, you think I can’t believe I wasted so much time.

When you realize that your parents are getting older and you have yet to repay their love by providing for them, you think I wish I was more capable.

When you look at successful writers who are making enough money to survive and dedicate themselves to their craft, you think why is my progress so slow compared to them?

But there’s one thing you’ve forgotten, and that is: one year ago, you were also feeling exactly the same way as you do today — like you haven’t done much, that there’s still so much to do and that you’re running out of time, but look at yourself now. Do you see where you are, and what you’ve achieved?

You never thought you’d travel alone to so many countries after what people have told you, but you did it anyways and now have more experiences and stories to tell than the entire 9.5 years you’ve wasted. You’re making money, and sure, the money isn’t even enough to cover rent, but at least you’re making money doing what you love and your stories are being read by tens of thousands of people every month. You never believed you could but you’re now capable of doing 12 pull-ups when you couldn’t do a single one before, and now you look better and more fit than any other moment in your life.

It’s easy to overlook your progress when you’re constantly looking at how much more you’ve still yet to achieve. But the truth is, you’re always achieving more than you think — it’s just that you don’t realize it because you have the ambition to do more.

So, wake up, get going and start your day, because one year from now you’ll look back again and realize how much you’ve progressed yet again. You’ll be very surprised.

  1. Xin
    Mar 19, 2018

    Appreciate your achievements but do notice that HongKong and Taiwan are both part of China!

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  2. Filip
    Jul 09, 2018

    Hi, how old are you now? Is there already written a story about that 9.5 years of waste of time?
    This letter written to your self person, it’s amazing, I think all of us should write to ourself once a year, put it on paper your achievements it makes you feel good about yourself, and it makes you Doo more! Thanks,
    Filip

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    • Tiffany Sun
      Jul 09, 2018

      I’m 30 now. Here’s my main story about my 9 1/2 year breakup: http://misstiffanysun.com/how-love-fcked-my-career-2/

      Thank you so much for your support and kind words! Haha it does help when you write a letter to yourself, especially when you read it months or years later. 🙂

      Hope to see you again here!

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