I’m 41. When I was 25 I struggled a lot with money and ways to fulfill my dream of becoming a full-time visual artist. I was mostly miserable and also sick with a serious illness I had no idea I had.
So my advice to my 25-year-old self would be to cultivate a more robust sense of humor, understand that self-honesty is a huge power, try to get a job with good health insurance, care less about what people think about you, and care more about the ones you love.
That’s all nice to say…but to get in that mode I would strongly suggest to my former self to enjoy the energy of the city, or the tranquility of a suburban park, or the sound of the wind rushing through the leaves of the trees in the hills. Just to stop and experience things away from video games and TV. I used to play a ton of video games for hours and hours on end.
Life is both a gift and a curse, and I would say you can decide which one at any time, so try to decide most days that it is a gift and it will end up being that way–no matter what happens to you.