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Morgan Bakies

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If you could give your twenty-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be? Why?

Hello! I'm an undergraduate student who was truly inspired by Meg Jay's talk, "Why 30 is not the new 20" so I wanted to see what the TED community has to say. I turned twenty in March and I want to make the most of my next decade of life. How did you spend your twenties? Was this the defining of your life? Currently, I see endless opportunities, but I'm scared for the day they will disappear.

So if you're above twenty, what advice do you have for your past self? If you are twenty-something, what do you tell yourself everyday to be the best you can be? And if you're under twenty, what's one thing that you hope your twenty-year-old self will remember about adolescence? Thank you so much and I look forward to seeing what you have to say!


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    May 19 2013: Be true to yourself.
    Don't aspire to be what someone else wants you to be if that doesn't seem right for you.
    Pick a beingness, or several. Work out from that what you should be doing.
    Be just practical enough to survive. Work for the things you really want, based on what you really want to be.
    And chances are you will have a good life.
    And many more after this one!

    I spent the first half of my twenties looking for someone who was willing to talk about things that were important to me. I spent the rest of my twenties, through my fifties, working for our shared goals and dreams in one of many organizations created for that purpose by like-minded people.

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