You’re going to make mistakes. I wish that wasn’t true, but you’re going to. You will let yourself down sometimes. Don’t wallow, don’t beat yourself up about them and don’t settle where you fall. Learn the lessons and move along at your pace. Getting lost while finding yourself isn’t only normal, it’s purposeful. Your story will not be tainted because you missed a few steps, that’s part of the journey. So be grateful for the wrong turns and treasure the hard-earned wisdom for saving other people from pitfalls.
Your time is not unlimited, not everything deserves it. Neither does everyone. Measure it out like it would kill you to waste it, because there’s no getting it back once it’s gone. Just ask the seventy-year old who threw away a good life for a ‘good’ time. Ask them what it’s like to wake up every day wishing for a second chance, a way back, a reset button. This life, the only one you will ever have, is not a rehearsal. There are no do-overs. You cannot go back.
Finding God is not complicated but life will get in the way if you let it. Talk to Him often, no one knows you like your Maker. And when you do, drop the pretentiousness of sanctimonious prayers, skip the long-winded speeches, just come as you are. Heaven is fine with the real you. More than talking, listen. There’s a stillness you cannot feel if you don’t shut your mouth.