I am beyond grateful to have my talented friend + fellow bloggess, Karissa Barney (Rissie) of Rissie Blog, contribute to my blog today! Check out her beautifully bright post below. Like her, it is positive, empowering, and full of heart emojis. Love you girl, xx.
A LOVE LETTER
To my 20 something friends,
I know this may seem a little strange and out of the blue, but I wanted to write you to tell you that YOU ARE AWESOME. I know that you have been feeling dejected, tired, and run down. Of course you are! You are in your 20s in the 21st century. Being a 20 something in today’s world is INTENSE. Our parents’ generation (for the most part) was incredibly lucky to walk into financially stable careers straight out of college. At one point, if you went to college, you were set. College equaled good job. Good job equaled stable life. This is sadly (and not so sadly) no longer the case. A lot of people in their 20s feel like they have failed because their career has yet to take off. DON’T WORRY FRIENDS. You are okay! We are a new generation of artists, multi-taskers, and entrepreneurs that will flourish by carving new paths. Yes, this is going to take longer than it did for our parents, but the world is different now. And if you really think about the whole picture of your life, it’s kind of exciting. We’re making new things happen.
This world can seem unforgiving at times, and I don’t think you have been looked in the face enough and told how amazing you truly are. You are talented, smart, beautiful, handsome, creative and have GREAT things in store. Look at yourself in the mirror and love you for you! No one else has those eyes, that smile, that love of narwhals, tree houses, your life experiences, your creativity, and your laugh. Stop picking yourself apart. YOU ARE SMART. YOU ARE SEXY. YOU ARE FUN. YOU ARE LOVELY. Love the things around you, the people around you, and the journey you're on. Those qualities you possess are the unique things that will make your life and career flourish. Find that within yourself, and find that in the people around you. You’ll start seeing this 20 something life in a new way; instead of looking at the green grass across the field, look at your grass around you and choose to fucking love it.
When you feel insecure, don't tear other people down. That's a temporary band-aid, and frankly not nice (you more than likely don't mean it anyways). Be bigger than that, and give your friends your undying love and support. Find a way to discover joy in your work, keep yourself inspired, and don’t berate yourself when the success you were hoping for isn’t immediate. I don’t say all this as an expert, but as a friend who is figuring this whole world out alongside you.
Basically. I think you’re amazing, and just thought you should know.
P.S. The largest thank you to the incredible Kate Thomas for so kindly inviting me to guest blog today! I just adore her beyond belief!
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