This is awesome advice for younger readers out there, but if I’m honest I think if I read it my senior year in college my naivety would have had me pass it off. I’m in my last hoorah of my 20s at 29 and I think back over the past decade and can’t help but think I could have been so much more targeted during that time. It’s not that I feel I’ve wasted time per se, and I believe I’ve been lead on the path I’m on for a reason, but there’s a part of me that can’t get over the fact that I didn’t utilize what I was given to a high enough degree.
I know for a fact that I didn’t take advantage of school, but I’m not alone in that. Just about everyone I’ve spoken to wishes they cold go back and ‘do’ school again. That’s basically just a change of mind though, school is better suited for a more mature mind that realizes the point of it all, not know-it-all youngin’s who just want to get out in the world and live life.
It’s strange, but I’m convinced that you spend the entirety of your 20s still figuring out who you are. But I contrast that to time long ago and think about how life just seems to delay itself further as years go on. It’s hard for me to imagine that people in the 1940’s waited until their 30’s to settle down, get married, have kids, and all that. Modern culture teaches us to delay settling down as long as possible because so many of our elders wish they did more when they were young and “could afford it”. It might be too soon to tell, but I struggle to think about the negative byproducts of delaying a focused approach to life another 10 years.