Dear 23-year-old Dan,
Man. Your hair is way longer right now than you’ll be keeping it in 10 years.
I have a lot to say to you, so get comfortable. You’ll need it, because this might get uncomfortable.
Marry Stacia. That’s the best decision you could ever make. That goes without saying.
That job you’re about to take is almost going to kill you. That’s ok. You’ll survive. And it will teach you something.
The next few years are going to be extremely lonely.
You’re going to make it. But sometimes it’s going to feel like you’re just barely making it.
Go to therapy. Spoiler alert: you’ll decide to go to therapy in a few years, but you should start sooner. I know a guy. I’ll send you his number.
Learn to care for yourself and learn to care for yourself during depression.
Create things. You’re happiest when you’re creating, and people always seem to benefit from what you create.
Don’t just create things, build a creative habit. You make such great things, but you won’t make great things unless you set aside the time to do it. Inspiration will come from time to time, but most great things are made by sitting down and struggling with them.