Have you ever said words to the effect of If only I knew then what I know now?
You’re not the first person to express such thoughts, and you certainly won’t be the last.
Many of us are convinced that if we could go back in time and have a chat with our 20-year old selves, then we could absolutely kill at adult-ing and beyond.
A lot of growth occurs in our 20s. Yet, at 20, we convince ourselves we know everything we need to know and we’re ready to nail it.
It does beg the question, though, what would you tell your 20-year old self if you had the opportunity to speak to past you? …
In death, we have a habit of lionizing people even beyond the point we did when they walked among the living. Right now, the likes of Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are being dragged all over the internet for their narcissistic behavior.
While one consistently damages the reputation of his brand by spouting nonsense on social media, the other is standing by while his platform allows disinformation all over the world. Some of that disinformation has led to literal bloodshed, in multiple countries.
Unfortunately, when either one of these men passes away, we will rewrite history to celebrate them in a way they likely don’t deserve. Of course, right now, there are plenty of people who worship them despite the chaos they’ve created in the world. …
When I was a child, I was fairly certain I would be a lawyer or a veterinarian as an adult. As I got older, though, I realized that neither of those things held any interest to me. Luckily, I realized that before digging myself into student debt to study something I would have hated. What was true, though, was my want to help people, something that both lawyers and veterinarians do. I could still meet those needs, just differently.
Once upon a time, I convinced myself that every negative emotion I experienced stemmed from a trauma I couldn’t recall. That, if I worked hard enough, I would figure it out and resolve the problem. …