Hey. Hey you. Listen up. If I’ve learned anything in my short time on this earth, it’s that you must be kind to yourself. Because you’re beautiful inside and out, and you deserve it. You deserve to step away and detach from work stress, toxic people, and societal pressures. You deserve to kick it back in a nice restaurant – cheap, expensive, whatever suits your tastes – with a fork in one hand and a beer in the other. You deserve to laugh with friends about nothing at all and make asses of yourselves in public while not caring in the slightest. You deserve to sit in a warm place with no commitments or restraints. Every once in a while, you should have nowhere to be and you should float listlessly to wherever you feel like. Because you deserve to soak in the present; give yourself a present for soaking in the present, like hot chocolate, which is always a good present present. American author Natalie Goldberg had it right: “Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important.”