Growing up, most of us look forward to that fabulous day when we’ll be on our own. We think that becoming an adult means an endless party where we get to eat whenever we want, set our own bedtimes, and be free from the constraints that we believe are having a negative impact on our lives. However, when we reach the age where we leave for college or move out of our parent’s home, the reality is usually quite a bit different. The responsibility of taking care of ourselves paired with the often crippling fear of making the wrong decisions can lead many away from the happy life we imagined and into one marked by anxiety and depression.
However, this time still can be one of the most exciting and exhilarating periods of your life if you’re willing to embrace uncertainty, ask for help when you need it, and start making decisions you can feel good about. Here are 5 quotes I’ve found that have helped my clients be happier and more secure on their road to independence:
With courage, we can all better get to know ourselves and share our gifts with the world.
Risk vs. reward is always a theme in the lives of young adults who have recently struck out on their own. Once you realize the risk of NOT blooming is greater than the risks that come with taking action, you have taken a major step toward independence.
A good Dr. Seuss quote can help anyone deal with a little anxiety. I love this quote from Oh! The Places You’ll Go. I recommend every young adult add a copy of this book to their library.
I love Nora Ephron because she says stuff like this. One good way to combat anxiety is to stop worrying about what others will think and go make your own mark!
I love this quote for the freedom it inspires. It doesn’t matter if you make some wrong choices, go out there and explore!
As you begin your independent journey, keep these quotes handy to help guide you on your way. Live you dreams and remember that this life is yours and yours alone—you must do what speaks to your heart.
If you are struggling with indecision, fear of regret, feeling lost, or experiencing anxiety or depression, please contact me and we can arrange a therapy session.
Jessica is a mental health therapist who specializes in helping women free themselves from anxiety, depression, and other stress-related conditions. She is honored to witness the experiences of her clients and work with them toward meaningful lives.