Perfect Advice That’ll Fix Your Whole Life

Haley Nahman | April 14, 2017

Follow this and everything might change for you

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Whenever I’m stumped on a life decision, I talk it out to death. It’s insufferable. I feel like I’ve spent my whole life sniffing out the wisdom of others. That being said, it’s not always foolproof. Not all advice is salient. The trick to wading through the litany of well-intentioned guidance is parsing the useful from the useless. It’s a skill worth honing; my critical eye has enabled me to benefit from a lot of good advice. People are really smart if you’re willing to listen!

Every time I’ve received an exceptionally useful nugget over the course of my 27 years, I’ve written it down in a little notebook. Most the pages remain empty — I’m highly selective — but that’s served me well, as each is more helpful than the last. Read on to find out what they are and…who knows? They may just change your life, too.

“Just relax!”

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When I’m anxious or stressed, nothing helps me more than someone telling me, point blank, to unfeel my emotions. I return to this particular gem whenever I feel the opposite of relaxed. It’s so simple, isn’t it? If you want to feel good, just stop feeling the bad feelings. What a beautiful sentiment.

“Follow your dreams!”

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This one has always been a real home run for me, execution-wise. It’s particularly constructive when it comes from a really rich and successful 1%er. Simply internalizing the cold, hard truth that I should follow my dreams is actually more helpful than life tips grounded in reality. <3

“You’ll figure it out.”

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It’s consistently life-changing for me to know that someone believes I will figure my problems out. Funny how that works, isn’t it? One person’s dismissive vote of confidence is usually all I need to sail right past the hard part of almost anything.

“Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

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It’s useful when someone reminds me that all that’s standing between me and enlightenment is no longer being bothered by what’s bothering me. It’s so easy to solve issues if you don’t care about them in the first place — and I never realized that until I heard this genius line!

“When you know, you know!”

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This one’s nothing short of groundbreaking. I could be in the toughest pickle of my entire fucking life and then someone will say this to me and I’ll stop dead in my tracks as the warmth of certainly envelopes my entire being and I blast off into the heavens screaming, “Everything’s fiiixxxxxxeeddd!”

“Everything happens for a reason. :)”

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This is already tattooed on my lower back but I also want it engraved on my headstone. Should I accidentally drop my iPhone on the subway tracks or get bit by a rabid raccoon, I’d like everyone to whisper this in my ear every time they greet me. Thank you in advance. 🙂

That’s it for now — but I eagerly await the day I can expand this list of literal truth bombs. I hope this helped you in some small way. We need each other! What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

Illustrations by Maria Jia Ling Pitt. 

  • Kay Nguyen

    I always tell myself everything happens for a reason, what happened, is happening, and will happen are all the products of my previous actions. It makes me feel like I have some control in my life 🙂
    Great post <3

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    • Jessie

      Oh sweetheart, they were gently poking fun at these sentiments. But if they work for you, rock on!

    • Julia

      NOOOOOOOO really that is the worst one to deploy unironically. Think of how offensive that can be to people who’ve had truly terrible, impossible-to-recover from things happen to them. Please tell me you don’t say this to people whose kid just died or had something similarly horrible happen to them.

      • Kay Nguyen

        Oh no no no, that’s just something I just tell myself!

  • Melanie

    Is manrepeller trolling its readers yet again?

    • Leandra Medine

      Trolling!? Why trolling!? Innocently poking fun at ourselves, I like to say

  • Nat Ch

    HAHAHAHAH. Loved it.

    Which reminds me of the “All you need is love” quote often used as advice. No. I also need food, a bed, a project, a good hair day. 🙂

  • Calli

    This post is in contention for my favorite MR post ever.

  • tmm16

    “You’ll figure it out” is my motto.

    Because you always will.

  • iam-a-rock

    I’m really shy and anxious and I love when people say “Don’t be shy!”. Really solves everything, i’ll tattoo it asap

    • I also like “Don’t be upset” when I obviously am. Helps like no other!

  • Molly D

    The best advice (& boy shorts duh) comes from American Eagle – LIVE YOUR LIFE. Like, YES, just like live it, ya know? <3

  • I clicked on this hoping and praying it would be “satire by Haley”

  • Min

    I’d like to propose “Calm down!” as the most pacifying piece of advice in a situation where you were previously banging around like a racoon at a bar mitzvah, but upon hearing said instruction you’re all of a sudden as high as a kite and fancy free 🙂

  • Suzy Lawrence

    One of my ex’s used to always say, “You’re tough.” Like, don’t worry about that, you’re tough. I always took so much offense to that comment, as though embracing the sad and frustrating from time to time is…not being tough (confused emoji)? That contradictory response infuriated me.

  • Katie Miller

    My dad tries to comfort me with the assurance that even he is *still* yet to work out what he wants to do with his life. “Don’t worry, I’m 58 and I don’t know yet”… So I guess this means I can expect some 30-something years of confusion and still have no idea about where I’m going with my career/life etc? SO COMFORTING DAD, thanks.

  • Anna

    Very German, thus used quite a lot on this side of the Atlantic: “Everything has an end, but the sausage has two.”
    Especially helpful to people who don’t eat pork… Two times endings just won’t come upon you. EVER. Yay…

  • Alessia

    the last one UGH

  • lily

    EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON I AM ON THE FLOOR

  • Aubrey Green

    I live by, “If you don’t ask, the answer is always, no”

  • Kyla Maree

    “Stop comparing yourself to other people.” I really had a hard time with this, scrolling through my instafeed and seeing people younger than me achieving their dreams while i’m still in school. But If you’re completely focused on yourself and getting where you want to be you won’t have the time for anything else.

  • elpug

    “it’s only a big deal if you make it one!”

  • Marta Millere

    ‘Everything will be OK in the end.’ works for me. 😉