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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 22 2013: Strategic advice: Give up all the religion garbage right away and enjoy life more fully. There are no gods. All love and hope is right here and now. Get to Europe and travel as much as you can. Develop your writing skills. They will serve you well.

    Tactical advice: Buy Apple as soon as you can (stock and hardware). Don't go to law school, whatever you do. Get your passport now. Don't drive on bald tires, period. Write down this lottery date and winning number.

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