If I could write a letter to the person I was ten years ago, it would go a little something like this….
I’m Cyrah… the future you (the 2019 version). For the sake of time, let’s skip the part where you try to figure out how this is possible. I've boiled down all of my advice for you into four points. I think these ideas are the most important for a pleasant journey to your future.... Here we go.
1. Take risks. You love to have it all figured out, but here’s a spoiler for you… You don’t. And that scares you, but it shouldn’t. Being a planner has gotten you this far. Congrats on being a straight ‘A’ student by the way, but there is no blueprint for where you are going. My advice is to be okay with discomfort and discover. Follow your curiosity! Try new things. If you want to move to New York for a year, do it. If you want to study abroad, do it. If you want to build a company from the ground up, give it a shot. It’ll be easier for you to figure out what you DON’T want than it will be for you to force your brain to make a hard core career decision. Instead of being in your head, try stuff, and use the process of elimination. You will bump into your passion, no question about it.
2. Trust your gut. There will be times when the people you love will disagree with your life choices. It’s okay. Having a different opinion doesn’t make you disloyal. It makes you an individual. When your spirit is telling you to go left, go left, no matter what others tell you. Looking back on the last ten years, I can tell you, that inner voice has never been wrong. I’ve never regretted following that voice, but I have regretting ignoring it.
3. Love yourself. Putting your desires and your needs at the top of the priority list does not make you selfish. I’ve learned that I’m better at loving others when I take care of myself. Depending on someone else to make you feel loved all the time will make you miserable, and that’s an unfair expectation for the people in your life. YOU are responsible for what you think and how you feel. Take responsibility for your own wellbeing, and you will be a much happier person. Do the things you love to do. Read. Travel. Perform. Spend time with friends. Spend time alone. Listen to music. And do these things unapologetically. I know you don’t have a whole lot of confidence yet, but keep taking care of yourself, and the confidence will come. You are brilliant, beautiful and have a servant’s heart. Don’t apologize for any of it.
4. Enjoy the journey. It’s cliché but super true. The next ten years will change your life, but you don’t want to miss any of it, even the bad stuff.
That’s it for my advice, but I have a couple more thoughts to share. Life will get harder, but you will handle it like a pro. There will be a time when you’ll be angry at God, but you talk to him about it (a lot) instead of running away. You don’t let go of your faith. Thank you for that.
You will also feel courageous and jump into a job in entertainment that challenges you beyond your limits. It will exhaust you, but it will also show you what you’re made of. It will give you everything you need to get started in your career of choice. Thank you for that too.
Finally, you will fall in love, trust that love and fight for it. That means the world to me. If I could hug and kiss you to tell you how much I appreciate you for that, I would.
I’m so proud of the person you are today, and you will absolutely love who you become. Let’s make the next ten years magical.
With all my love,
About me . . .
I'm Cyrah Hill. I'm a woman of faith, an actor and an everyday black girl.