Dear self,

It has dawned on you that the people who say that being consistent in your work yields fruitful results are telling the truth. You have also learnt that it’s important not to lose yourself in the pursuit of what seems to be success in the eyes of other people that were created for a different purpose to yours. Defining success for yourself has freed you from the trap of comparison and living to satisfy people’s standards and expectations. For having taken the time to learn these truths, I am proud of you — especially because it is very easy to forget who you are and what you want amidst uncertainties and a ton of pressure.

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The game face that stuck it out this year

Like most goal-directed people, you started off with gusto and truckloads of determination which I must say came in very handy throughout the year. I am glad that from the onset you pushed for perfection. You had the perfect plan to execute your lab work and analysis of data, the perfect schedule for the writing of your chapters, not to mention the perfect pen to write down the perfect idea. Today, I can’t help but be proud of you because you now understand that 100% commitment does not mean 100% perfection.

By now you recognize the small moments of elation. Every accomplishment must give you reason to celebrate and be excited about the future. I don’t want your gratitude to just end on paper though; I want it to propel you to achieve more, and challenge yourself beyond what you thought were your limits. Remember that the desire to learn, the thrill of discovery, and the conviction that it’s for the greater good is what brought you to where you are right now.

I know that your journey was not at all what you had imagined it to be. No! It was funnier, more challenging, sometimes lonely, and definitely worth it.  What you should be most grateful for is that you did not give up (fist held high up in the air) – nope, you stuck it outSo self, the road ahead certainly promises an uncertain path to the desired future, but remember you can do it. Because before this you never knew you could roll with the punches like you did. Note to self: you are Awesome!!

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Happy me, after a a wonderful 11 months 

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