Solange’s inspiring letter to her teenage self left the internet in tears

“It’s OK that you don’t know what the future holds.”

For Teen Vogue’s Music Issue, singer Solange wrote a letter to her teenage self in which she expressed her desire for her teen self to not to be in a rush to grow up and figure everything out.

The “Cranes in the Sky” singer described being teased by children and adults as a child but encouraged herself that, as she grows other, she will, “turn those words into a symbol of beauty.” She reflected on her supportive, successful mother who makes her feel “invincible” who surrounded her with other black women who make “the impossible look effortless.”

Solange expressed gratitude for those relationships as a young black woman saying, “you study them, and will constantly think of all their stories, their beauty, their strife and their stride. They break down all of the archetypes and stereotypes that you see of black women on TV and in magazines, so you don’t trust those anymore. you thank them for re-writing the script before it was ever etched in your memory.”

Solange also acknowledged that “17 will be the hardest year of your life” as that is the year she lost a friend to gun violence and gave birth to son, Daniel Julez Smith, Jr. She doesn’t sugarcoat the pain and strife her younger self will go through but explains, “you have a long life ahead of you, and I’ll tell you it’s not gonna always be easy, but I can promise you it will be fruitful and with much purpose.”

Fans were incredibly moved with Solange’s ability to be completely raw and candid about her past while also offering up advice that anyone can use at any age.

This letter provided so much reassurance for myself. It’s hard to remember sometimes someone so successful goes through the same struggles.

— Egypt (@gypstaaa) May 17, 2017

Definitely may have cried a little towards the end of reading Solange’s letter to her teenage self.

— palesa (@palesakgasane) May 17, 2017

“but most importantly, there will be you. a whole, whole lot of it. and you will feel good about who she is and who she is still becoming.”

— coconut regalia✨ (@KenyaLatrice) May 17, 2017

“take your time, baby girl. there’s no rush to get there. you will sow each of these chapters in the land that you become.” #gemmedreads

— gemmed. (@gemmedlife) May 17, 2017

powerful! the bit about exploring the bounds of identity through phases resonated the most. patience is key; there is no final form of self.

— tammy (@tlabeka) May 17, 2017

crying in *omg i needed this and my soul she does the sentences joined by hyphens thing that i do too*

spirit hooman-animal. soul levels.

— ke wena | tgwdf (@bopzybee) May 17, 2017

There are invaluable revelations in a likkle introspection. via @TeenVogue

— Rukayah Sarumi (@RukayahSarumi) May 17, 2017

Please everyone read this beautiful declaration of self from @solangeknowles :

— Tracee Ellis Ross (@TraceeEllisRoss) May 17, 2017