10 Things I Would Tell My 20 Year Old Self

  1. More important than being liked is liking yourself. Forget the drive for popularity–and the angst that comes from not having it.
  2. You’re neither as good nor as bad as you think you are.
  3. Embrace your differentness. It ain’t gonna go away and no amount of sandpapering the rough edges will smooth who you are in the world.
  4. Remember all the things you wanna be when you grow up? Do some of them. All of them. Maybe one or two of them.
  5. Regret is a six-letter word, no better than the four-letter ones you love to use.
  6. ‘Tis better to have laughed at everything than never to have laughed at all. In other words, enjoy the joke that is the human condition. Don’t take yourself or others so seriously.
  7. You do not have to be the best, the tops, the most anything. You just have to be–and that’s the hardest to achieve.
  8. Cut other people a break and, hey, cut yourself a break too. We’re all meaning to do the best we can, even when we don’t.
  9. Keep that sure sense that everything is possible, provided you’re willing to work for it.
  10. On the other hand, embrace failure. Nothing will paralyze you more than trying not to fail.


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