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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 25 2013: Always be true to yourself, trust your inner guide - do not live life for someone else's benefit (i.e. don't make decisions to please your friends, parents or anyone else - they will love you no matter what) Follow your passion and enjoy the journey it takes you on.

    P.S. I'm 47 and realize you will always have endless opportunities, no matter how old you are if you keep your mind and heart open to them.

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