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Let’s be real. Adulting is no easy task.

Sometimes, completing the responsibilities expected of us, such as holding down a job, paying the bills, and keeping the home clean, can take a toll on our physical, emotion, and mental well-being. Unlike school requirements, these tasks carry a penalty for failure, whether that’s having a bad record on your name, getting kicked out of your own space, or losing the job altogether.

Worse, there’s a daunting amount of uncertainty in relationships, in life, career, and the future. The “what-ifs” and the “what’s nexts” force us to reevaluate our decisions, what we do, and why we’re doing it in the first place.

“The struggle is real,” yes, but so is hope and optimism—at least for a viral Twitter thread that’s offering some timely and much-needed advice for 20-somethings.

Wise words from veterans to rookies

The thread’s author, Twitter user Carrie, is a 23-year-old, “real world” rookie herself.

“I’m on my first job, currently in this limbo where I keep wondering ‘what’s next?’ Masters? Law school? PhD?” Twitter user Carrie writes. “So I decided to talk to a bunch of my professors & asked them, ‘If you could advise your younger self during this moment of uncertainty, what would you say?'”

Some of the wise words shared by her professors—who are now doing their dream job, earning a stable income, and has earned degrees in elite schools—are as follows:

  1. Don’t worry too much. Things will figure itself out.
  2. In a world of opinions and comments, yours is the most important when making the decision.
  3. It is okay to be selfish and put yourself first, it’s harder to do later.
  4. When it comes to education, aim high and do your best. It is a lifelong investment and make sure it will be worth your while.
  5. Don’t do things just because your friends, or worse, your parents, told you to do it.
  6. It is okay to take a break here and there, it keeps u sane
  7. You are young. You are young. You are young. You will feel like you’re so old and you haven’t done so much. but I’m 43 and I still feel young. You can do so much. Do everything you want, worry about your age later.
  8. Anti-aging cream and sunblock are great investments

Advice for moments of uncertainty

Her favorite piece of advice, however, will hit every struggling young adult right in the spot.

“Enjoy this uncertain time. Enjoy the freedom, the questionable journey,” she writes. “When you can do nothing, do nothing. You won’t have it again later. Trust me when I say you will look back  and miss it.”

As of writing, the thread already has more than 49,000 likes and 26,000 retweets.

Despite the overwhelming response to the thread, however, Carrie says there’s no need to thank her. “I’m more than happy that some found this helpful and it came in time of need,” she says.

She also wishes every reader of the thread success. “I believe in you,” she writes. “We will all be okay.”


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