adfinitumblog asked: Hi Dan - Community is my favorite television show and Grantland is one of my favorite websites, so when Grantland posted an article about you today I read it. And also the article Alex Pappademas wrote about you a while ago, I read all of its words. I think I am like you, I am the most brilliant amazing person I know. And also an egomaniac asshole. But I'm only 21 years old. What advice do you have for a 21 year old version of yourself?
Skip the cocaine. Best case scenario, you become a bad person for a half hour and then need more coke; worst case, you end up homeless or dead.
Don’t judge things that make you jealous and don’t lie about the jealousy. Just say you wish you had something and figure out if there’s a way to get it.
Good writers hate bad writing but hating bad writing doesn’t make you good. Writing badly does.
Luck and talent are the same thing, and neither of them have anything to do with your value as a human being.
When someone gives you a compliment, and you tell them they’re wrong, you’re not being humble, you’re being rude.
People attempting to prove you’re a bad person will shut up if you admit it, and they’ll leave you alone if you ask them to help you be better.
You’re going to marry Erin McGathy so try to be up front about that with all the women you date for the next 27 years.
You can’t control the outcome of your actions, so make your actions fulfilling. That way, if the outcome is shit, you weren’t a total sucker.
Brush your teeth at night and cut down on the carbs. Gawker and TMZ don’t scour the archives for your only hot photo.
New Year, new approach. I’m getting rid of facebook and reviving this old reservoir of moaning, hoping, and terrible writing. Because:
- Facebook is unhealthy for me because, 1. I spend too much time there, 2. I use it to compare myself to others, 3. I make-believe people I once knew or know setting standards for me that I fail to reach, and then use those as an excuse to second guess my almost-life choices.
- I need to read and write more, so that I become less dumb.
I made this thing to get me to California. I made it here and let this go, along with my momentum. I’m dangerously close to stagnating because I keep doubting myself to the point of inaction, something most people my age probably do too. I have impossible standards combined with low-self esteem. I thought Tech gave those to me, but it might go deeper than that.
That’s all. I’ll write more about my feelings and such next year. Should probably list some resolutions too. Here’s a picture of one of the prettiest things I saw this winter.