Instructions for life

Josh Wagner’s advice to his 18-year-old self:

You don’t have a choice as to whether your best days will end up devoured by time, but you do have a choice about how it’s done.

Don’t be afraid to fight. But first make sure you know how.

Don’t be afraid to love. But first make sure you don’t think you know how.

Stop putting all that work into agonizing over the imminent loss of everything you love. Simply love. While it’s still right there in front of you. Time not spent burning is draining, every bit of it trickling away at one second per second.

And when you do fall in love — and you will, again and again and again — don’t stop falling just because you hit the ground.

Good lessons.