dear 19

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i’m a sucker for articles featuring advice to your younger self. this collection from thought catalog is no different. 21 people were asked to give counsel to their 19-year-old selves and the results were, as expected, pretty great. below are my favorite:

Megan, 34
He doesn’t love you, and you will be okay.

 

Donald, 27
There’s a huge difference between who you want to be and who everyone around you wants you to be. Figure out which is which.

 

Eleanor, 26
Eating two pints of ice cream won’t make you happy. Neither will sprinting 10 miles. Be nice to yourself.

 

Anya, 42
Make the conscious decision to be happy, and then stick with it. Society will do everything in its power to convince you that your personal happiness is dependent on something external – beauty, success, wealth, etc. – it isn’t.

and just because it’s hilarious:

Isaac, 48
Deodorant does not count as a shower, and that haircut only looked good on Bon Jovi.

 

read the entire list here.

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