Hey, little Abby!

At this stage of your life, having happiness means playing around with other kids in your neighborhood, going to kiddie birthday parties and eating spaghetti, talking about cute little stories to your dad and mom, curiously looking but smiling at your newborn little sister while touching her very soft little feet, going to your Montessori school learning ABCs and 123s, and just naturally feeling joyful each day and laughing at the simplest things.

As you grow a little bit older, you will start to learn more about yourself and the world around you. You’ll soon enter elementary school and there you’ll meet new friends! Although, you’re still the shy type – one who would only converse when asked about something.

When you get into high school, please stop worrying so much about what other people will think about you and your physical disability (or limitation). Despite it, you will have a lot of friends who will understand and accept you and will see past that. You will just have to embrace your flaws.

Soon you’ll be a teenager and at 16, you’ll meet your first (and hoping to be the last) boyfriend. Your love story will be so exciting and full of kilig moments! You’ll have ups and downs, too – like what normal couples go through. But don’t worry, it will all be worth it.

And you will then face the terrifying adult life. You’ll soon find your luck in searching for a job, start questioning about your goals and dreams, get lost in life, experience hitting your rock-bottom. You’ll be learning a lot as you work your way through your quarter life.

As cliché as it may sound, life is really one hell of a roller coaster ride. There will be a lot of things that you won’t have control over, you’ll make tons of mistakes, you’ll feel a lot of mixed emotions throughout, but you’ll also have a lot of happy and fulfilling memories.

Please make every day your happiest— please live life to the fullest. It will never be this way again.

Your much, much older self ♡


  1. Louise

    You are incredible, Edleen. Smart, strong and resilient woman of faith. If I can talk to your younger version then I’ll surely tell her to chase her rainbows. To never lose her sight of hope.

    Much love!

    1. Edleen May Baysa

      Awwww this means so much to me, Louise! I’d say the same if I can talk to your younger self as well. Thank you for your kind words, I love you! ♡

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