I've been asked this sort of question many times, and in different ways. I decided to compile my best answers into the 21 things you should know by age 21, and offer some advice for young people.
If you are looking for advice for your 20s, or whether you are in your 80s, here is my opinion on what matters most in life. Some of the items might surprise you, as they are not often spoken about.
My advice to young people — if you want advice from old people — is to live your best life today. Tomorrow you might be my age. Will you have something to smile about or regret?
What really matters in life is subjective, but I wish I had this 'advice for youth' when I was 21 years of age. This is really the same advice for young men as the advice for young women. We are all human.
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Transcript of Video:
What are the top 21 things you should know by the age of 21? Some might surprise you.
Hi, I'm Jo Roderick. I've been asked this sort of question many times, in many different ways, and by many different people. Since I haven't been 21 for 28 years, this is a difficult and somewhat contentious list to compile.
I don't think that being in your twenties merits any special education, but one of the most important things is self-discovery. Find out what makes you unique. Without doing this, the rest of your life is like walking around in the dark with your arms tied behind your back.
You will never know what it is like to be older - until you are - so stop worrying about it. Concentrate on knowing, experiencing, and enjoying your current age. It's a gift that will live on only in your memories.
[#1] Listen to people wiser than you are, especially when they speak sense. Notice I said wiser, not just older. I also said listen. Don't just accept everything at face value, I said listen ... are you listening? Great!
You cannot fully grasp what they are telling you, but listen anyway. Know that one day, you will wonder how on earth you arrived on this side of the table so fast, being asked these same questions. Right now, you have the rest of your life ahead of you. When you get to my age, you will have the rest of your life ahead of you, but there is less of it - I'm told.
[#2] Refuse to grow up! I encourage you to grow wiser instead. I was born old, and I've been trying to undo the damage ever since. Growing wiser is better than growing up. Wisdom is not automatically gained by age. You grow wiser when you are open to information. You become old regardless of how much you learn.
[#3] Knowledge is everything. Learn everything you can. There is no such thing as trivial information if it's interesting to you. For example, did you know a lead pencil is also called a keelivine? Well, now you do. Be curious enough to learn a little about everything, and a lot about a few things. Perhaps the best lesson is to keep educating yourself no matter your age.
[#4] Pay close attention to everything around you. Time seems to speed up with age, and the less time we have to get everything done. Not that you need to get everything done, mind you. Learn to prioritise, and have some fun along the way. This is why being young is so wonderful. You have time for more new things. Enjoy them.
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