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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: I was never one to waste my time. In fact, I was done with college by 20 and hoped to use my early 20s to begin a family AND become a community leader. What I didn't realize was just how hard it would be to find those opportunities at this age in today's world. Today I would try to prepare my 16-year-old self for the realization that it would be really hard to find other people (especially guys!) who are living life fully. I'd tell myself not to get too discouraged waiting for everybody else to catch up! I'd tell myself to focus more on enjoying life, because if you're trying to make a difference in the world, but keep discovering you have to wait longer, it can be really discouraging!

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