'Fill 'Er Up and Keep Going': Chrissy Metz Pens Empowering Letter to Her Younger Self - NBC Chicago

'Fill 'Er Up and Keep Going': Chrissy Metz Pens Empowering Letter to Her Younger Self

"Allow every smile, frown and town you drive through to open your mind, but never close your heart"

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    In this Oct. 30, 2016 file photo, Chrissy Metz attends the 2016 Entertainment Weekly's Popfest in Los Angeles.

    "This Is Us" actress Chrissy Metz is being featured in People magazine's "Most Beautiful" issue. 

    However, if you would have asked her 20 years ago if she'd ever receive such a title, she probably wouldn't have believed you, which is why she felt inspired to write her teenage self an empowering letter about the importance of just being herself.

    "Hey, Girl, Hey," she begins the note, which is being published in People's Most Beautiful issue. "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."

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    She continues, "Contrary to the bill of goods you've been sold, life is not a competition. Stop comparing yourself to anyone or anything. We are all on our own journey and YOU are the driver. There will be bumps in the road, detours to 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."

    Metz tells her younger self that one day she'll appreciate the struggle. 

    "Allow every smile, frown and town you drive through to open your mind, but never close your heart," she adds. "One day you will appreciate the upgrade of that cruise control but never take your eye off that winding road you have paved by being courageously you!"

    Meanwhile, the actress is featured in the publication alongside her "This Is Us" co-stars Mandy Moore and Susan Kelechi Watson.

    Other stars featured in the issue include Viola Davis, Oprah Winfrey, Emma Watson and more.

    Check out the full list on People.com.

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