#2. Survival mode can be appropriate, like trauma, when what it means to grow can become clouded with the need to self-protect. It's OK! You can cry, you can be fearful but ULTIMATELY you HAVE to protect your vision too! The first step to this is getting the help you need!
#3. You need $50,000 to effectively launch your new venture? OR a deposit for that apartment out of state so you can work your dream talent agency job? In those cases, you may have to work the job you’re not passionate about to muster what you have to make things happen AND You got bills to pay! (You're reminded of it by the same folks who encouraged you to be that unicorn, singer, doctor, wanderlust traveler you always wanted to be.) Very practical. Just be sure to avoid staying in a place you hate JUST because it's stable.
#4. It's absolutely okay to treat yourself from to time to time. Whether it's a vacation to Bora Bora or a stay cation, w/ sleep and trying out a new restaurant. As long as you are doing what works for you and not going into debt treating yourself then you are thriving.
As your millennial friend, I know that you've probably met some folks that are crazy obsessed with the past. Adulthood can seem like a real dream killer if you have a mindset that your best days were in high school/college and you're just trying to survive out here. If you have the mindset of thriving, you'll know that every day is an opportunity to be your best you! Realize that your perspective on life will dictate where you go and what you make of it. Life is short, so live your best one! Your future oldhead/MILF self will thank you.