only species that is aware of our mortality, and that knowledge is such
a precious gift. Seize every moment, don't let it go to waste. Keep an
open heart and an open mind. Don't be afraid to take risks. As they say, failure is a learning experience. Chase your dreams, the difference between moving forward and standing still is a succession of small steps.
It's ok to be selfish. You're the most important person in your life, if you don't fulfill your wants and needs, nobody else will. Never sacrifice yourself or your ambitions for anything or anyone. Don't concern yourself over others opinions. Everyone has their own issues and concerns, they don't have
time to worry about yours. The only approval that matters is yours, and your life is as successful as you believe it to be.
Still, the power of empathy is significant. Visualize events from other perspectives when things don't make sense. Be compassionate when life happens to you, it isn't perfect. If setbacks didn't happen, the triumphs wouldn't feel as special. It's likely that the things you stress over most likely won't matter in a couple weeks, much less a year or two from now.
Most importantly, be grateful. I am grateful for all of life's blessings. The taste of a mango, the smell of the ocean, the laugh of a friend, the unconditional love of a pet. I am healthy, I am young, I can support myself, I am depended on, and I am grateful knowing that these little things matter. I am grateful that I was born in a country where I can do, say, and believe what I want without fear or repression. I am grateful for my family and friends who support and believe in me when I am not strong.
When I was younger I often wondered what it meant to be good enough. Then I grew up and realized that there isn't any way to measure such an innate quality. It's a perpetual reflection of how you feel about yourself. I am determined to make a difference in my own little world, and if I can make a stranger smile, learn something new each day, and make a few people's lives richer from my presence, that will be more than good enough.
Finally, don't always assume you have all the information. There is always another perspective. I've learned the hard way that most times, things aren't as clear as black and white. There is generally a reason, even if it's beyond our vision.