A Letter to the Brain of a High School Graduate

The only advice I can offer as your journey continues after high school.

Tyler Kleeberger
May 17 · 4 min read
Image used with permission from canva.com

Dear Graduate:

Psychologists say that the human brain has two major seasons of development.

However, there is one more season of development and that second season is, for you, now.

Between the ages of 18–25, the brain enters into a second development stage where the conditions almost mimic the malleability of the brain when you were 2 years old. All of a sudden, you begin soaking up the world in a way that will lead to your identity for the rest of your life. This is why it is easier to learn a language at 20 years old than it is at 40 years old.

Use it well.

Learn, read, experiment, try things, take risks, go on adventures, and expose yourself to the world in all ways possible because — if you do it now — the benefits will be exponential in the years to come; you will have much to build on as you enter into the rest of your life.

But if you don’t do it — you will lose it.

And you won’t get the opportunity again.

Yet, beyond exposing yourself to the world in all its forms, know that your selectivity, what you choose to impact you and shape you, will have direct consequences. Your identity is about to be shaped more than it has at any other stage of your life — and you get to choose what it will be shaped by.

How is the world never going to be the same again because you are a part of it?

The question is not whether or not you will change the world — you will.

Every single person changes the landscape of our common existence somehow. The question becomes — in which direction will you change it? Every decision, every word, every action, everything you do and say, every moment of your life will make this world better or worse, more chaotic or more beautiful.

Becoming | Human

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Tyler Kleeberger

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Pursuing what it means to be human so as to build the best world possible. Practical ethics through in-depth exploration. Becoming Human: tylerkleeberger.com.

Becoming | Human

Becoming Human is about exploring the world — whether philosophy, psychology, sociology, or any field available — to better live in it. The goal is ethics through learning.

Tyler Kleeberger

Written by

Pursuing what it means to be human so as to build the best world possible. Practical ethics through in-depth exploration. Becoming Human: tylerkleeberger.com.

Becoming | Human

Becoming Human is about exploring the world — whether philosophy, psychology, sociology, or any field available — to better live in it. The goal is ethics through learning.

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