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What should I really do with my youth? I'm 18, and I want to really learn. Advice from any adults out there?

I am a senior in high school, just two weeks from graduation. If I end up going to college, I know that I definitely want to take a year or so off. I want to really learn things first hand. I want to see the world and study cultures and people. If anyone out there has been there and can reflect back, I would love to hear from you. What should I study? Where should I go? What should I really think about? I want to give the rest of my life a boost and give myself a solid foundation in my youth. Thank you in advance for your help.

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    May 22 2012: Many will tell you their opinions, but don't listen too closely to those who are telling you what you "should" do. You will hear many "voices" - those of your peers, culture, family, "role models", employers, school counselors, romantic interests, ... or people like me who post on TED.

    Be wise and listen to the good stuff from those who know you and care about you. Be brave and ignore the sounds of "should", "don't", "can't", and "later" that echo in your head. Be inspired and listen to how YOU answer questions like "What if ______?" and "How can I _______?

    And don't forget to stop searching once in awhile, and just BE, and DO, and ENJOY.

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