Letter to My Younger Self: “Life” After “GHOST”

Hi Reece,

It’s November 5, 2014, today is the day that will ultimately change the course of your life, but you don’t know it yet. You’re still at home with your parents, just graduated high school, and more confused than ever. You’ve spent the last couple of months in a perpetual state of uncertainty, wondering if you’re on the right path, and if you’re making the best choice in terms of what direction in life you take. It’s a constant mental battle of, “Do I put my all into pursuing something I’m passionate about?” or “Do I do something that is guaranteed stability, security and will make my parents/ myself feel at ease?” You see all of your peers moving on, going to college, pursuing a more traditional life. And while that may seem nice for them, you can’t seem to shake the immense amount of anxiety the idea of living a traditional life gives you.

You’ve been working on a song for a while called “GHOST.” Something inside you, maybe a higher power, maybe your intuition, has been urging you to release it into the world but you’re reluctant to. You’re fearful that nobody will like it, and that the song is “too long and too weird.” You’re gearing up to have a long conversation about everything with your mom, she’s gonna tell you to release it, and after months of battling yourself, you’ll finally listen to her.

Thank you for listening to her.

“I want to thank you for not giving up on yourself, even when times were dark.”

Thank you for having the courage to release the song. That moment was the moment that signified what path you were going to pursue. The song will start growing and will give you opportunities to travel and meet very special people, people who are still in your life today. I want to thank you for not giving up on yourself, even when times were dark. I know how hard life was on your mental health during the months leading up to the release of “GHOST”. I want to thank you for continuing to move forward, and I want to thank you for having a tenacious spirit and never giving up.

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As of today, while you’re still not exactly at your end goal, and you’re still not always the nicest to yourself, you’re working to where you want to be and you still have that same tenacious spirit. If it wasn’t for you uploading “GHOST” to soundcloud and giving yourself a chance, you wouldn’t be able to do what you love right now.

It’s November 2018. You’re about to release a song, a song that means so much to you it’s called “Life” and unlike “GHOST”, you’re ready and excited for everyone to hear it. You’ve grown so much as a person and an artist and I’m very proud of you. I’m going to end this letter by telling you that, yes, you’ll be okay. I promise. I know how much you’re worried about that. Now, go have fun and pursue what you love.


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