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Actor Chrissy Metz quickly stole the hearts of the millions of fans who tuned in every week to watch the first season of the hit family drama This Is Us. Playing Kate, a woman struggling to balance her career, her romantic relationship, and supporting her brother’s acting career, all while trying to lose weight. Metz’s realistic portrayal of a character many can relate to earned her a Golden Globes nomination this year.

In the final half of the season, Metz’s Kate finds herself contemplating weight loss surgery, and eventually checks into a camp that specializes in helping adults lose weight. Much of Kate’s story line centers around her negative body image, with the character often comparing herself to thinner women, including her boyfriend’s ex-wife and Kate’s mother, played by Mandy Moore. The struggle with comparing oneself to others is something that many viewers can easily relate to and a challenge that Metz herself has faced in her own life.

In a new segment with People Magazine, as part of their World’s Most Beautiful series, Metz wrote a letter to her teenage self, dropping pearls of wisdom that can apply to anyone at any age. Reading the letter in an emotional and tearful video, the 36 year-old actor tells her younger self that her worth shouldn’t come from comparing herself to others.

“You are just as important and beautiful as Amy, the most gorgeous cheerleader in your entire school, even if your hair isn’t the perfect natural shade of honey blonde or because your clothes aren’t from Guess or that your curves look very different from hers,” says Metz in the personal video.

“Contrary to the bill of goods you’ve been sold, life is not a competition. Stop comparing yourself to anyone or anything right now.”

Metz goes on to encourage her younger self to take charge of her own life, something she says she’s still trying to practice as an adult. “We are all on our own journey and you are the driver. There will be bumps in the road, detours will be taken and pit stops will have to be made, but you’ve got to fill ‘er up and keep going. You will lose your map, but never your intuition.”

The actor ends the letter by giving her younger self words of encouragement that everyone can benefit from hearing.”Allow every smile and frown in town that you have driven through to open your mind, but never close your heart and one day you will appreciate the upgrade of that cruise control,” says Metz. “But never take your eye off that winding road that you have paved. You have courageously, courageously paved just by being you.”

Keep being awesome, Chrissy.

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