You Owe it to Yourself to do This

I get it, sometimes life is overwhelming.

You get nothing, John Chambers.

 Hear me out. A life that’s overwhelming can feel like a tidal wave bearing down on you. And there are sharks in the tidal wave, and they’ve all eaten people who look exactly like you. Did you know that sharks can live a really long time? In 2016, a team from the University of Copenhagen discovered a nearly 400-year old Greenland shark in the sub-Arctic. That’s not exactly relevant, but it is cool.

Anyway, I was going to say that the next time you find yourself wondering whether or not you can handle something, remember to trust yourself! Trust that you will make the best possible choice given the information that you have. That’s all we can really do in the end. Also, don’t swim with sharks.

What in the good God are you talking about?

Can you imagine living for 400 years? That would be a lot of memories to have to integrate and make sense of. On the plus side, you’d have plenty of time to go back to school and change vocations multiple times.

Why are you still yammering on about sharks?

I’m talking about you, now. Sharks can’t go to school, obviously.

The only person you can really count on in life is you. You will of course encounter others who do in fact have your best interests at heart, but they also have to take care of themselves and may not be there for you 100% of the time. And even if they are, you still need to be able to rely on yourself.

Trust that you will make good decisions. Trust that you will also make bad decisions, but that you will learn from those mistakes. Above all, trust yourself.