I turned twenty-five about a week and a half ago and I have to say that I’m not feeling the “quarter-life crisis” that’s typically associated with this birthday. In fact, I’ve experienced quite the opposite; I’ve had a lot of fun this summer and have high hopes for this coming year. I’ve given myself three simple rules to live by (that I guess should be added to the “Five Tenets of Julie”) as I turn another year older:
1. No Secrets: Be true to myself and own my feelings.
2. Build Bridges, Don’t Burn Them: It takes more effort and energy to be negative than it is to welcome someone into my circle of friends. And as Life’s Little Instruction Book points out: “Never burn your bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you’ll have to cross the same river.”
3. Life is Not So Serious: I’ve always been mature for my age and I’m realizing now that I shouldn’t have rushed so much be grown up. I have a tendency to take things a bit too seriously and this is my reminder to lighten up.
Do you have any mantras that help you take stock of your life?
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