Follow your bliss. Track its movements. Learn its habits. Hunt your bliss and kill it.
Do one thing every day that scares you, like drowning, or watching one of your beloved children die before his time.
Pain is just strength and energy leaving your body forever.
Treat everyone around you with the kindness of that woman in your office who brings bagels to work every other Friday.
Live every day like you’re the kind of person who has a framed Breakfast at Tiffany‘s poster over her bed.
Love as boldly as a 20-year-old atheist coming home for Christmas break with copies of God Is Not Great for everyone in her family that never asked for one.
Go to work every day with the same confidence as a white barista with dreadlocks.
Fall asleep every night like Netflix doesn’t exist.
Every time God closes a door, he opens a window. Every time you reach the window, he closes it on your fingers. Every time he closes a window, the door locks. Every time God locks the door, the chimney collapses. You will never make it out of this house.
Forgive others the way you’d forgive your best friend at two in the morning after fighting during her birthday party sleepover.
Be as self-assured as a high school sophomore who’s had sex once talking about lovemaking techniques to a high school junior who’s only seen the top half of a girl naked.
Mallory is an Editor of The Toast.