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Guidance For Young Adults

There's no doubt that in today's world, the only constant is change. Everything is changing all the time! Culture, technology, the workplace, and even our home lives; it's all changing rapidly before our eyes! Further, as we move deeper into the 21st Century, we are entering, and are already living in, unparalleled times. The pressures, temptations, and adversities that young adults face today aren't anything like what most Millennials and Gen Xers encountered in their formative years. And while there are certain evergreen principles that can guide people of all ages and situations, the best guidance for young adults takes these changes into account.

What's the Best Guidance for Young Adults?

With the technology boom, the world has become smaller and smaller. Somehow, the devices that connect us have also disconnected us. While everyone has a smartphone in their hand, fewer people are finding meaningful friendships and relationships than before. That is why depression, anxiety, and suicide are on the rise in America. But what if there was a book that told you how to be happy? 'Always and Never: 20 Truths for a Happy Heart' does just that! The truth is; anyone can obtain happiness by doing two things:

1. Forgiving
2. Doing for others

Is Forgiveness the Cornerstone of a Healthy, Happy, and Successful Adulthood?

As children, we are usually forgiven for our errors readily by the world around us. People understand that children and adolescents are full of hormones and come standard with hard heads. One of the reasons that transitioning from teens to twenties can be so difficult for many is that the world around us, including our families, stop forgiving us so easily as we get older and start holding us accountable for our decisions.

At the same time that the world stops forgiving our errors, we must find the courage to forgive the world. The truth is; we live in an imperfect world. Good things happen to bad people, and bad things happen to good people. When you realize that your parents, your siblings, your relatives, your friends, your peers, your educators, and anyone else who may have hurt you when you were younger is a mere human, prone to do both good and bad things; forgiveness then becomes a lot easier.

The Art of Self-Forgiveness

Most of us have done things that we are ashamed of, whether those things are of a sexual nature or something else. Further, a lot of us have grown up being ridiculed, abused, and hurt by the people who were supposed to love, nurture, and protect us. It is natural for humans to personalize such treatment on a subconscious level, but that trauma never goes away! Forgiving is not forgetting; forgiving is letting go, and it starts with forgiving yourself.

Forgiving yourself isn't as simple as making the decision not to feel bad about the past anymore. Forgiving yourself doesn't happen overnight either. Self-forgiveness is a process that takes time. There's no way around it. The process starts with making a list of people we have harmed (including ourselves) and then making amends when and where possible. Forgiveness and doing or others is truly the best guidance for young adults.

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