As I get closer to embarking on my 26th birthday, I’ve started to think deeply about the last 25 years and the many invaluable life lessons I’ve learned along the way. While many of these are still a work in progress, if I could go back in time, this is what I would tell my younger self.
1. It’s OK not to be OK all the time
There will be days where you don’t feel like your best self. Where you feel particularly off for no reason at all. Where you’re stuck living inside your head. Or where you don’t feel quite good enough for anything. In these moments you’re going to be extremely hard on yourself, but learn to cut yourself some slack.
Expecting yourself to have it ‘all together’ all the time will only set you up for a lifetime of disappointment. It’s OK to cry. It’s OK to hurt. It’s OK to ask for help. It’s OK to not have things figured out yet. It’s OK to not be OK all the time.