The problem with the advice to my 20-year-old self
Such advice is useless.
I’ll never be 20 years old again, will I?
So, what’s the point?
What’s the purpose (if any), if I will not be able to benefit from it?
Besides, would my 20-year-old self listen, given that we’re at two very different points in our lives?
In other words, if I can give myself this advice 20 years later, what’s the point?
Since I give it today, is there a chance I could have been exposed to this advice earlier?
It’s really about the thought process. I’m grateful that it started.
Those who ask themselves a lot of questions and who take the time to think about their lives tend to give advices to 20-year-old versions of themselves.
Those who just go through the motions, they will never do it.
The point is I’ve started the process of self-improvement some time ago and now I am capable of making those suggestions, coming up with those thoughts, offering this advice.
But, can it change anything? Can anything in my past be different?
Can I time travel to year 1997 and apply this advice to my life?
Of course, I can’t.
There is a teacher but is there a student?
No, the student is supposed to be my 20-year-old self (and this guy is gone), and I’m not even sure if this earlier version of me would be willing to listen to what I have to say in 2017.
Maybe my 20-year-old self would have told me to go f*ck myself and would have done what he thought was right?
I can’t even have regrets because of what I did. I did something I thought was right. I didn’t know any better than to do what all my high school peers did and go the conventional career building path.
Giving advice to my 20-year-old self is a bullshit idea.
The only thing I can do right now is make sure that my 40-year-old self will use that wisdom and act accordingly. It’s only now when I can act on the knowledge I have now. Not 20 years back.
And my 20-year-old self? He doesn’t even exist, so what’s the point calling out for him?
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