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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: I just turned 25 this spring. And believe me, I wouldn't change a single thing I did before.
    I'm now working as a secretary in an Embassy of my country. It does sound pretty fancy, but the job is like any job. Except the fact, that it IS a real job and not some internship (and I have completed several) where no one takes you seriously.
    However, as I'm the youngest in the team, I often remain unnoticed, my opinion doesn't matter and all I'm there for - is to complete my job and do it well. The other colleagues (who are way past their twenties) usually have the attitude that "you're young, you have so much time etc." and therefore don't consider you a proper adult.

    So that's the biggest difficulty you will face when you will start your carreer: even though you get paid, you just don't seem to have accomplished enough in your life yet to be taken for an adult.

    The only thing you can do - is to take the best of it. Analyse your work ethics, learn from your mistakes. Use it for yourself. Because there will be other jobs. Other work environments. But I think that you only get the appreciation when you're over 30.

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