Anna Gragert
May 26, 2016 12:00 pm
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Emilia Clarke is really great at making us feel all the emotions – whether we have an HBO subscription or not. In a video for Teen Vogue, the actress reads a letter to her 18-year-old self and simultaneously makes us feel like we can overcome any obstacle that’s put before us.

“This particular journey that you’re on is unlike any one of your friends that you’re with right now. What they’re doing is going to bring them joy and happiness and what you’re doing is also going to bring you – maybe a little more struggle – but joy and happiness as well,” Clarke begins. “There are going to be times when someone says that dream that you’ve had your entire life – the moment when someone says that’s not possible, it is. I know you didn’t get into drama school this time ‘round, but you will. You have the strength to overcome it.” 

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We can imagine Emilia’s words resonating with everyone who comes across this video. We’ve all been in situations where we compare ourselves to others, where we doubt ourselves and our dreams, where we wonder if we’re strong enough to keep moving forward.

Just when we thought Emilia couldn’t inspire us more, she begins to enter body-positive territory. Quoting Baz Luhrmann’s “Everybody’s Free (to Wear Sunscreen)” song, the actress says, “You are not as fat as you think you are.” She adds that even though some women look different from others, that doesn’t mean they aren’t loved.

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Next up, Emilia addresses heartbreak. “You put yourself out on a plate and you bare everything and someone says they don’t really like that so that makes you feel like you’re not worth it,” explains Clarke. “But you are and there are lots of people who are going to tell you that you are worth it.” She adds that these people, those who are always there, are the people she should remember to hug every day.

To beautifully conclude this wholehearted letter, Emilia states, “Parting words little Emilia, littler Emilia, I’m just going to say that it’s autumn right now … but winter is coming.” (All the applause.)

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