Consider, for a second, your life. Consider all of the life lessons you’ve learned and the experiences you’ve undergone during your brief existence here.
Consider the trials and tribulations you’ve faced and the lessons you’ve learned “the hard way.”
If you could write a letter to you, at any point in your life, and give yourself as much advice as you saw fit, what would you say?
Would you remind yourself that life goes on?
Would you promise that things always get better no matter how terrible they might seem?
Would you take the philosophy of Frank Sinatra and explain to your younger self that “That’s Life”?
Would you warn yourself to stay away from soda, salt, and red meat?
Of course, this arouses the argument of “I like my life the way it is now, and everything that happened happened for a reason thus I would not change anything.”
If that is your stance, then I pose another question:
What advice would you give to a younger being?
Age, culture, ethnic background, and special circumstances are arbitrary, irrelevant, and up to you.
Here’s a little heads up: Worrying about what other people think of you is a waste of time and energy. Don’t let someone else’s perception of you become how you see yourself.
And for God’s sake, don’t be so hard on yourself all the time. Don’t get caught in the trap that everything needs to be perfect, or nothing will ever get done. And take it easy with the worry part too. That just gives you wrinkles.
See also: How would you describe happiness?