1. The ability to put themselves first without feeling as though they’re being “selfish.”
2. The knowledge that the sentiment, “you can be anything,” doesn’t mean, “you have to be everything.”
3. The routine of cleaning house — of clothes that aren’t worn, contacts who aren’t spoken to, Facebook friends who aren’t necessary, etc.
4. A hobby that’s either healthy or creative or in some way productive.
5. A sense of self-worth that isn’t rooted in something physical.
7. Awareness. This isn’t a matter of education, but of knowledge — of what they believe in, not what they assume is truth because they weren’t taught differently.
8. A few close friends, not a bunch of acquaintances.
9. The ability to relax, the knowledge of how they best do so, and the discipline to do it regularly.
10. Books they treat like bibles.
11. A budget, and the discipline to at least try to stick to it.
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