July 8th, 2011
You’re reading this because you are procrastinating. You are procrastinating on something that you’ve decided is a huge, gigantic deal and if you don’t do it immediately the world will end and you are an idiot for fooling around online instead of Just Doing It.
I’m here to remind you to breathe. I’m here to remind you that the last weeks or months or years or lifetime of work will not be undone if you do not do whatever this awful thing is right away. You may get a lower grade, or lose a chance at something fun or cool or neat, but ultimately it’s not a huge deal. Ultimately you will be fine. You’ve been fine every other time, and you’ll be fine this time.
I’m here to remind you to cut yourself some slack; which, unless you’ve changed a whole lot in the past however long since you wrote this, you really suck at. You’re a good person. Sometimes you make mistakes, because you are human, but you are a good person. You are dynamic and engaging and loving and you do a lot of things well, even if you can’t think of a single one right now.
I’m here to remind you that you are loved. There are tons of people that you can call, right now, and simply say “talk to me.” Even if you haven’t talked to them in ages. Just pick up the phone and connect with somebody. You always feel better when you do.
I’m here to remind you to give yourself some space. You need space. It’s essential to your health and well being. Go outside and take a quick walk, dip your feet in the ocean if you can, just take some deep breaths if you can’t. Listen for nature, even if you are living in some big city.
I’m here to remind you that you will fail sometimes. This may end up being College Freshman Calculus, your 7th grade integrated project portfolio, or your months of attempting to blog about current news on Emergency Contraception accessibility and convenience in New York. You may fail. It’s OK. You will live.
I’m here to remind you that you HAVE done some impressive stuff before. You’ve written long papers even when you thought that it was impossible, you’ve made really scary phone calls, you’ve traveled the country for business and pleasure, alone and with other people. You’ve presented workshops to packed auditoriums, and spoken in front of hundreds of people. So, whatever it is, you CAN do it.
And lastly I’m here to remind you that it’s OK to be scared. And it’s definitely OK to not know. And it’s so very, definitely OK to cry.
Also you should never forget the healing power of Hershey’s Kisses, Dr. Pepper and popcorn.
Always and forever,