You are young. I don’t give a fuck if you’re 10 or 96. You are young. You are alive, and that is enough. You are breathing, you are here.
Be young. Allow yourself to make mistakes. Learn from each of them. It’s okay if you repeat them sometimes, as long as you don’t get too hurt or hurt others too badly in the process. Learn to forgive yourself. Forgive yourself for the mistakes you’ve made today, yesterday, and even as a child. Too often people carry the burdens of mistakes made when they were younger with no resolve. There is nothing you can do about it now but forgive yourself. Accept that.
Treat yourself well. Allow yourself to buy frivolous things for yourself sometimes. Make sure you have enough means to sustain yourself, but don’t be afraid to treat yourself every now and again. You’re worth it. I promise. If no one else is making you smile regularly, be the one to do it for yourself. And even if there is someone making you smile regularly, be there for yourself to do it anyhow. Appreciate the things you do for yourself. Thank yourself, and maybe learn to like yourself. Don’t stress about finances. If you’re careful, you will be fine. Take hot bubble baths and read a good book. Take hours in there if you need. Daydream your life as a prophet sent back in time to the 1500s. Keep yourself entertained. Don’t slack on your responsibilities, but allow yourself some slack. You can afford it, trust me.
Youth is full of contradictions. Be selfish, but don’t forget to be kind. Be lazy, but don’t forget to work. Be responsible, but don’t forget to be a child. Above all else, love yourself. But never forget to be humble. This does not mean to pretend to dislike yourself in the presence of others. Abstain from bragging. Know your strengths, but don’t let yourself be defined by them. Be modest about your talents. They will speak for themselves when the time comes. Trust this.
I hope some of you have found some use in this advice. There is one thing I forgot to mention until now, though. Namely, do not be ashamed if you need help. Be it a difficult math problem or a life-threatening situation, you deserve to get help for your problem. Do not abuse your support system with updates on every shit you take, but don’t be afraid to say when you are struggling and need help. Call a friend at two in the morning if you’re unsafe. It’s okay. Put your safety first.
That’s really all I had to say. Have a wonderful day, all of you.