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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 20 2013: Realize that what you do now, who you love now, and what you study now ALL contribute to who you become. What you start doing now becomes a habit. So take care of your body and your mind: whether you do good things for your physical well-being now can mean the difference between feeling great most of your life or needing multiple joint replacements or daily insulin when you're 40 or 50 or 60. Choose relationships with good people that honor your gifts and treat you right: getting involved with the wrong person can stunt you in so many ways, but the right person truly wants you to succeed and grow. Finally, study what you are passionate about because it can become a career that feeds your mind and your soul. And remember you never know who will be in a position to give you an opportunity down the road...so be the kind of person that is remembered fondly 20 years later. And most important: marry your best friend.

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