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Don't give up, you still have time

Our Letters to My Younger Self series features letters from people around the world dedicated to their younger selves. Read on for throwbacks, humour, and heartfelt advice.


This is a poem chosen by Argentinean storyteller Malena Arcucci that she loved when she was a teenager.

I really struggle to write, but this poem was really important to me as a teenager. It is prettier in spanish, but very cheesy still.


Don't Give Up By Mario Benedetti

Malena as a teenager

Don’t give up, you still have time

to reach up and start anew,

Accept your shadows,

Bury your fears,

Free your burdens,

Fly again.


Don’t give up, that’s what life is

Continue the journey,

Follow your dreams,

Unstuck time,

Move the rubble,

And uncover the sky.




Don’t give up, please don’t give way,

Even if the cold burns,

Even if fear bites,

Even if the sun sets

And the wind goes silent,

There is still fire in your soul

There is still life in your dreams.


Because life is yours and yours is the desire

Because you have loved it and because I love you

Because wine exists and love is true.


Because there are no wounds that time doesn’t cure.

Malena today

To open the doors,

Take away the locks,

Abandon the walls that have protected you,

To live life and accept the challenge

Get back laughter,

Practice a song,

Lower the guard and extend the hands

Open the wings

And try again,

Celebrate life and take back the skies.


Don’t give up, please don’t give way,

Even if the cold burns,

Even if fear bites,

Even if the sun sets,

And the wind goes silent,

There is still fire in your soul

There is still life in your dreams.


Because every day is a new beginning,

Because this is the hour and the best moment.


Because you are not alone,

because I love you.


Malena created the bright and bold design for Friday Night Love Poem, which will stream on ZOOTV from August 16-29, 2021, available to view worldwide.


Keep up with Malena's work on her website: www.malenaarcucci.com


Want to submit a letter to your younger self? Email Natalia at natalia@crosslinetheatre.com for more details!