10 reminders for when you feel like you are falling behind in life
  1. Remember that everyone lives their life according to their own timeline. There is no set milestones for when you need to be engaged, married, have children or even graduate. Yes, some people will reach a certain milestone before you do but, that doesn’t mean that you have failed. 
  2. Remember that you are allowed to take your time and move according to your own pace. You are allowed to take baby steps instead of run.
  3. Please don’t compare yourself to everyone else’s ‘highlights’. Remember that no one lives the life that their social media pictures show. We don’t know how happy those people are and we will never know the full story. We just create stories in our heads by looking at pictures we see, those pictures that are probably staged and filtered.
  4. Remember that you are supposed to feel lost in your twenties or even thirties. You have plenty of time to chase after your dreams. Nothing will ruin your twenties more than thinking you need to have your life together.

  5. You can do this — as long as you put your heart and soul into it.

  6. It’s okay to make mistakes. Making mistakes means you are actually doing something in this ‘big adult world’ and learning from it. 

  7. If you’ve just graduated and still don’t have any idea what you want to do with your life, that’s okay. It doesn’t make you a failure.

  8. Be brave enough to open your heart to the people who have earned the right to witness it.

  9. Please don’t rush towards your future and forget to live and cherish your present.
  10. Success doesn’t happen over night. Remember that you are not falling behind, you are doing just fine.

Mariam x