Remember when you were going to be a doctor, or a princess, or an astronaut, or a superhero when you grew up?
And then you finished high school to face your “last” summer.
A pig filled with pennies was no longer a pot of gold. Money and responsibility reared their dream-sucking heads.
At 18, you felt you had to decide how the following several decades of your life would play out, which, frankly, may be more ludicrous an idea than becoming a superhero.
The truth is, even when most of us decided on our life’s path, we still never really knew what we wanted to do. Turning 18 doesn’t come with an automatic gestalt of self-discovery; neither does turning 30, 40, 50 or any age.
So if you could go back in time and give your 18-year-old self some advice, what would you proffer?
You can change your goals and career at any time, and the more education, experience and motivation you have, the easier it is to hit the ground running. ~Tanya
Borrow money and travel first, before a job and kids. You will grow as a person in wonderful ways you could never imagine. You can easily pay it all back when you return to a permanent job. You can change careers, but your degree in anything will always be there. ~Hersh
People think BAs are a waste of paper, but even if it’s not what you end up doing, nothing can take your education away from you. ~Jarrett
Figure out what he really loves to do, since you’ll spend the better part of his life doing it. It’s important to study a real trade or vocation, like plumbing or brain surgery, because let’s face it – a BA with a major in anthropology will only take you so far. ~Ron
If you don’t know your path, put one step in front of the other and eventually you will stumble upon something. Be passionate, but be practical. Oh, and buy books, you can learn a lot and do whatever with them. ~Kathy
Whatever you do, don’t waste your time trying to be someone else, enjoy your time trying to find yourself. Ask yourself, “If I died tomorrow, what would I regret?” Then do it.
Know that life changes. Adapt. Be honest with yourself. Follow through. Enjoy it. Repeat.
Life doesn’t end at 18. Life doesn’t start at 18. Life just starts.
So, what would you tell your 18-year-old self? Taking your calls and texts after 1pm: 204.780.6868.