As I get older I become less and less critical of the stupid things I did when I was young. I no longer shame myself over my past mistakes, because I realize all those mistakes had to happen in order to help me grow. I understand why I had to go through certain experiences and heartaches. I’m grateful for those experiences, for my stupidity, and for everything I did wrong. I forgive myself for all of it. I love myself for all of it. Every little bit of it. The appreciation I hold for my journey grows each day, and will continue to grow through all the future blunders I will make, that I’m now excited to make. And isn’t that what this incredible, crazy journey is all about? Embracing all the parts of us, past, present, and future? So, instead of condemning your stupid, younger self, accept her. Love her. Forgive her. Then get ready for the rest of your amazing journey!