Things I want to tell people that I wish people had told me:

Happy Sunday, everyone. I saw this on the Internet recently and have been thinking about it a lot since then. I wanted to go through and bold the ones that I liked the best, but actually, they’re all true and they’re all the best.

Remember these things. Share them.

  • You don’t have to achieve great things by the time you’re 25
  • You have intrinsic value above and beyond your perceived utility to other people and society at large.
  • You don’t have to have sex, or have sex in any way that you find uncomfortable or unpleasant, to keep anyone’s love or good opinion of you. They didn’t love you or think very well of you to start with if they demand it.
  • You don’t have to stay with someone who isn’t meeting your emotional or sexual needs because they need you, or you’ve been with them for awhile, or you need to be in a relationship. You need you. Your time is your own and it is finite.
  • It’s okay to work at a job you enjoy that doesn’t make you miserable even if it’s not a career and it won’t “lead to anything.”
  • Your life is not a narrative. It is not leading to anything, there is no overarching thesis, it does not have themes beyond the usual shared cultural experiences of your time and place. This is ok. It does not mean that your life is without purpose or meaning.
  • It’s okay not to like or get along with the vast majority of people you encounter, so long as you afford them the same respect, courtesy and dignity that they afford you.
  • Expensive is not always better.
  • Failure is temporary if you’re still alive.
  • People are both much better and much worse than you’d suspect, but usually not all at once.
  • Stop thinking of your future self as a different person and it will be easier to prevent money and health problems.
  • Let people help you, lean on them when you need to, and be available to help, but don’t swing too far in either direction. Try to carry your half of the life basket as evenly as you can.
  • Set boundaries, and do not be afraid to kick people out of your life who disregard them. You will not end up alone and unloved. People who love you will be okay with your boundaries.
  • Your power does not come from money or beauty, but from seeing life steadily and wholly, from a curious and thoughtful mind, and from your ability to say no when you want to, and yes when you want to, and I don’t know when you don’t know.
  • There will be bad times, maybe lots of bad times, but not only bad times.
  • Love will not heal the wounds in your soul, but love can give you the impetus to begin the work of healing yourself.
  • Life might be a long series of starting over, and that’s alright.
  • You’re really cool, you’re really beautiful, you’re really special. Really. Not to everyone, but to a lot of someones sometimes.

Lastly, I would add that things will always get better. Bad things don’t last forever, as it mentions above. All bad things are finite, and no matter how mad or sad or embarrassed you are, it will end. I can’t tell you how many times I think about this in my life, especially in the last year when there have been some things that have been really hard. There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel, and you just have to get to it. And you will.

Do you have any life advice to add? Which point resonated most with you?

Originally posted on Tumblr by user sehnsuchttraum.

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