Today I’m sharing some “non-advice” from a 60+ something who didn’t think a 20 something would care or have time for hindsight or that short format could do it justice. But here goes…I would say she is underestimating the 20-somethings appetite for wisdom earned. Good stuff!
On 40:20 Vision:
What does “To thine own self be true” mean to someone in his/her twenties? A whole philosophical essay might open it up. but how many people in their twenties would care to spend their “valuable time” reading? They have so much going on in their young lives.
My mom raised me with a few homilies such as “Pretty is as pretty does,” “You reap what you sow,” “Neat as a pin,” “silence is golden.” But mostly she taught me through her own actions. I have always felt like a weed, and consider it an honor to be one.
I tried to come up with a few thoughts for a 20-something:
- Life is not a metaphor: live it.
- Do what you love by following your own dream and inspiration, not someone else’s.
- The greater the challenge, the greater the reward.
- Experience, nothing else, is the best teacher.
- Replace a grudge with that which brings you joy and the grudge will lose its sting and power.
- The gift of anger is pain.
- The gift of failure often leads to success.
- When I remember that all in flux, I am free to let go and not cling to a thing.
- There is no meaning or purpose in life except what meaning you alone give it.
I could go on and on. My audience would be sleeping in no time.