In the dream I was young and scared and victimized until I suddenly remembered that I'm a grown-up now. Oh, it was empowering to realize that in the years that have passed, my life has become something that I am very, very proud of.
I can't remember exactly what I said to the person in my dream, but whatever it was, I walked away feeling good about myself.
When I woke up, I was a little shaky and teary. But for a few seconds of semi-consciousness in the dark-blue snow-reflected light of our bedroom, I realized that I will make mistakes today, but even with every mistake I will make, in the end, I'll be okay because I'm a person who wants to be good and valiant. I try to be brave and mature and I pray to have charity and to never take offense. That I want to be good and that I try to be good, means that each day I'm becoming good.
I am not who I used to be. I am so much better and so much more.
And I'm sure that you aren't who you used to be either; my mom is always saying that "people are in a constant state of change" - to judge someone by how you remember them (even if it was yesterday) is unfair.
Because I am better today than I was yesterday and you are too.