I just read this article and found it really refreshing. As a 20-something, I can attest to the challenges this decade presents to an individual. But let’s not forget that it’s also one full of amazing, life changing, and growing experiences. In Christine Hassler’s letter, she — as a 30-something — looks back and lists things she would say to her 20 year old self. These are just a few highlights, but I think it’s definitely worth reading in its entirety.
- Please don’t be so hard on yourself.
- You know that job you are devastated about not getting? There is a way better opportunity coming around soon.
- Don’t wait for fear to go away before you go after something you want. Being scared is natural. You’ll become more courageous each time you feel fear and do it anyway.
- Stop comparing yourself to others, it is preventing you from seeing and discovering your own unique gifts and what you are here to express to the world. Know that the qualities you admire in others are the qualities you need to recognize and nurture inside yourself.
- You are going to get over your heartbreak. I know it feels so painful right now. Cry all your tears, get it out, and then let it go. Take the lessons you learned and move forward. You will love and be loved again. And you will be so grateful for your heartache because it taught you so much about love.
- Be of service. Have a generous heart. That is how you make a difference in the world.
- You will find your passion and purpose. Everything that you are going through now is a piece of the puzzle. Just because you don’t know how the puzzle comes together yet doesn’t mean it’s not being assembled.
- Enjoy the moment. Your mind is always in the future. Stop living in when/then’s. Be here now and have fun. This is a time in your life where you can be a bit selfish and focus on what makes you happy.
- Rejection is God’s protection. You can’t always get what you want, but you do always get what you need — just not in the form or on the timeline you may have expected.
- Each step is moving you forward, even if you feel like you are moving backward.
Read the full article here: What I Would Tell My 20-Something Self