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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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I created this duplicate question for those who wanted to post on the earlier question but stumbled upon it too late to do so.

If you have not read through the answers on the other post, a task that, while a sizable feat, is definitely an inspiring read, here is the link to do that.

http://www.ted.com/conversations/12365/what_advice_would_you_give_a_y.html?

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  • Aug 24 2012: I believe most people, if not all, ask themselves this question. The reason being, that when they leave the nest and actually realize how life really works, they self reflect and wish they made better decisions, which they believe would put them in a better place, be ahead of the game of life, go to college get a degree in a high paying field, trophy wife, in short everything they dreamed about. None of that will actually make you happy though, you could the poorest person on this earth, but still be the happiest, the most content person. And some people wonder why? The simple reason is their thoughts and attitude towards life and by being poor(the strong good poor people anyway), please don't think that I'm saying every poor person is good hearted, because we all know that poverty breeds violence and just awful types. Just as you see unhappy rich or well off people that are grumpy and hate people, but others are the nicest people, give the shirt off their back type, and then even there are the rich posers who like attention and do good or bad things to create an image for them (that's mostly with Hollywood celebrity types, and socialites, and even all the way down the chain to small town humble who think and act like they're they're the absolute dictator of all people.... You guessed it, those last types irritate me the most)I still tell myself that I'd change everything about my teenage rebellion years, if given an actual opportunity to do so, I would refuse. I'm not saying that I was good then or that life is great now, it isn't, far from it. Yet, it baffles people how optimistic and upbeat I am, and it all has to do with my attitude towards life. About me, I've had some pretty bad things happen to me in my life, and I'm not here to whine about it. To be continued...

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