Please Mail This To My 21-Year Old Self

Thought Catalog

Hey there,

Here are some tips for the next decade of your life.

Don’t jump to conclusions. Don’t assume the worst. Don’t assume the best, either. Remain practical. Remove your feelings and attempt to see events as they actually are, rather than letting your emotions color your perception.

You are not psychic. This means that, no matter how otherwise convinced you are, you do not know what other people are thinking or why they’re doing what they are. It’s a waste of time to focus on this. Deal with reality, not with your wild imagination.

Stay as calm as possible at all times. Adding panic to stress only makes things worse. Deep breaths and closed eyes help a lot. Remind your inner drama queen that, unlike the voting committee for the Oscars, the audience of your life’s story is more impressed when you react without tears and screams and nervous…

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