Nothing will ruin your 20’s more than thinking you should have your life together already. 

Yesterday was my 20th birthday.

It’s the beginning of a whole new decade, a whole new chapter of my life.

It’s the decade when I’ll graduate from college and enter the world of true adulthood. It’s the decade when I’ll legally be allowed to do things like go out and get a drink, rent a car, check into a hotel.

But more than that, it’s the decade that I’m dedicating to myself.

Too often, I get wrapped up in what I think my life should look like or be like. I work myself up and stress out over things that are out of my control. Life is the worlds greatest mystery. Every day is a new journey, a step in a new direction. Moments that may seem insignificant at the time are actually teaching me lessons for the future.

Some days I’m ready to take on the world and some days, I just want to stay home and immerse myself in my newest book, and it’s perfectly okay. My biggest priority in life right now is myself, and that doesn’t make me selfish or narcissistic. In order to be in the best emotional and mental state, I need to take care of myself.

As I start this new chapter of my life, this new decade, my one and only goal is to take care of myself. I just want to focus on myself for a while and not where I think I should be.

I’m only 20. I don’t need to have every step of my life figured out yet. I don’t need to be in a serious relationship with someone I see a future with. I don’t need to have it together every second of the day.

This year, this new decade, this new adventure, I am just along for the ride.

Life will work itself out. Things end the way they are supposed to.

Everything happens for a reason.


Written by Jazmyn Patterson

Be Silly. Be Honest. Be Kind. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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