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What advice would you give a younger you?

Consider, for a second, your life. Consider all of the life lessons you've learned and the experiences you've undergone during your brief existence here. Consider the trials and tribulations you've faced and the lessons you've learned "the hard way." If you could write a letter to you, at any point in your life, and give yourself as much advice as you saw fit, what would you say? Would you remind yourself that life goes on? Would you promise that things always get better no matter how terrible they might seem? Would you take the philosophy of Frank Sinatra and explain to your younger self that "That's Life"? Would you plead with yourself to turn to God sooner? Would you warn yourself to stay away from soda, salt, and red meat?

Of course, this arouses the argument of "I like my life the way it is now, and everything that happened happened for a reason thus I would not change anything." If that is your stance, then I pose another question: What advice would you give to a younger being? Age, culture, ethnic background, and special circumstances are arbitrary, irrelevant, and up to you.

This is your chance, here and now, to give any and all of the advice you've found so essential to happiness and well being, to a youth that might sincerely need it.

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P.S. I created a duplicate post of this question to allow those who have not found this page yet to continue to engage in an exercise that leads them to inspire others, motivate themselves, and allow those who really need your advice to easily receive it.

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    Jul 7 2012: -Be a skeptic. But beware of getting stuck in pointless questions. Sometimes a valid answer is "its a stupid f***ing question, it doesn't matter, we will never know, but what we do know is that we're right here right now, so let's do something constructive instead".

    -Spread your efforts in different areas, but never too thick or too thin. Having countless interests is a beautiful thing, but it will also slow your development, and whilst some of the smartest people in this world like Erwin Schrödinger and others recommend you never narrow your specialties to one, don't have too many, pick a few things and be the best you can ever be. (e.g. carpentry, rock climbing and experimental physical chemistry)?

    -You don't owe your life to yourself, you are human and therefore a social entity, your happiness and well-being is dependent on those who are around you. You have a moral obligation to others and the act of helping others is a duty, not an act of kindness, and it is encouraged to take pride and be happy in fulfilling your responsibility.

    -Take pride in doing things differently, but have a malleable mindset and the courage to admit when your wrong and adopt a better way of doing things.

    -Strengthen yourself in philosophy and mathematics. Those two disciplines are in every area in your life.

    Finally, know how small you are, that will instill the highest quality of humbleness that is needed...just read the basics of astronomy and understand or at least try to get a sense of the scale of things and what you measure against an entire universe.

    Have funn.

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