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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: My 32 year old has a successful carrier and a few diplomas that have no connections with what he is doing today..He loves to study and he loves to travel..Advice are a dime a dozen and it will not pay your bills...The best way to encourage a 20 something is to support and encourage them without giving them the negative or the big picture....Life has a funny way of turning on us, and no plans can predict the future...I always stood by his decisions for they were not mine to make.
    The best way for us, is to be good examples and show them how we manage life without being a burden on them:)...
    You only get one chance to be yourself..You can choose it at 20 or 60, it all depends on what your priorities are..(Marriage children carrier or just finding yourself)..No one should have the right to lead your path. And only you! need to live with your consequences.
    I'm close to 59 and no one showed me the way, I have to find it myself...I blame no one and I live as I see fit without hurting or humiliating any one. It only took me 50 years to realize it.....This advice I give to any one that cares to listen, from 20 -100.
    Be happy with yourself and a great sense of humor is what keeps my motor running;)

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