Letter to my 2011 self

Dear Rumi,

I hope you receive this letter on time. I know you hate to reschedule, so I’m quite sure you’ll be expecting it and already have plans on what you are going to write back. You’re always planning, aren’t you? You spend more time planning than doing actual work. Or at least that’s what you were doing when I last checked.

I know where it all started, so let me remind you as well: When you were little, your parents told you to never miss an opportunity to learn stuff and get to know people because you’ll only get one chance. What is more, you love the concept of value per hour, value per pound, so you probably want to make the most of every minute and every penny you spend.

Well guess what, you can’t. There is just too much to do and too much to learn in the world, and you only have 24 hours a day to do it. So instead of making countless to-do lists, I hope you’ve now started to plan less and do more, and be more focused.

I hope you’ve had a good year. I am actually sure you have. You’ve met some wonderful people, attended inspiring lectures and gone to a lot of new places. And you’ve learnt so much! You are now more confident in working with a camera, being on set, recording in a studio and editing. And, it’s always good to receive positive feedback, isn’t it? But sometimes it’s not all that perfect. No, don’t ignore it – try to concentrate on that! The criticism and comments you get will be more useful; try to make the most of it by learning from your mistakes.

Another thing I hope you will have learnt this year is team work. You know you’ve always been quite good on your own, but you only get one point of view this way. Most ideas are not just born – they emerge and are developed when shared with others. What is more, everyone has their unique way of thinking and dealing with tasks, and you can achieve a lot more when working with the right people. You know what productive ‘flow’ means – now multiply it by the number of people you are working with, and just try to imagine the scale of what you can achieve when working together. What is more, working with people must have now taught you to count on others. That’s a tough one!

So I hope I meet you soon and see the confident and self-aware person you’ve grown into.

Until then, I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Hugs,
Rumi

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