Here’s What Today’s Youth Can Consider
Treat them as suggestions and not advice
When I think back, there are some things I did right and many wrong. That’s okay. I recall these drastic errors I’ve made and ask, ‘why the f*** didn’t anyone warn me or just tell me’?
No one wants to ‘come in the way’!
It wouldn’t help to discuss my mistakes here, but I’d like to tell you what’s good to do; tips to navigate through life.
Don’t let your youth just float away
The Cambridge Dictionary defines youth as ‘a period of your life when you are young, or the state of being young’.
Well, it’s all very well to say great things began when he/she was 60! But, what’s wrong with beginning early?
So, what are the possible thing you can do? Here are some:
· Start a bank account, keep it active with regular fund build up.
· Find a hobby that pays, there are loads of options to choose from.
· Try to build strong relationships — remember the ‘give and take’ policy. Nothing comes easily in life.
· Read as much as you can — you can travel the world with your reading.
· Be willing to learn.
· Set a time to be outdoors, play games, take a walk, run or whatever — build your bones and muscles and your brain functions too.
· Meet people, have conversations, and have fun.
· Treat everyone with respect.
Remember, the passage of time is not in your hands, so don’t procrastinate
Begin — let not ‘time’ dictate what you want to do.
Charles Dickens — “Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.”
There is so much said and written about procrastination — so many perspectives. Allow your perspective to lead you on the right path. The number of hours in a day is the same for every individual. So how you make use of it is your prerogative. Don’t look back and tell yourself, “I wish I had done this earlier in life”.
Choosing the right career is important — treat your work as something enjoyable
There are many who have diverted their careers realizing they are ‘cut out for something different’. So choosing the right career can be challenging as we choose different things at different stages. Make the right move, even if you seek to detour. Changes are inevitable, the only constant — make it work for you.
Travel need not necessarily be expensive. Choose places that are softer on your pockets. There are so many undiscovered places that may surprise you. Travel and make your adventures your memories.
Anthony Bourdain has described it so beautifully — “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”
Make sacrifices, but don’t wreck your soul
People can be extremely forgiving and humble. Remember, every emotion and an act of goodness has a limit, a limit which only you can draw. You do not have to be a martyr! Life gives you many opportunities to be one — draw your limits, it’s easy to fall under moments of martyrdom. Your endurance can be remarkably high, but is it worth it? That’s the question you must ask yourself and there is always a choice to make. Choose with care. You cannot please everyone.
If you seek separation, seek alimony
It’s good to have support; and it’s not bad to ask for it. Do not ‘leave in a huff’, wanting to just get out of a situation — situations that are worse off can follow — so be patient, think, make the right choice, and do not think ‘asking’ is below yourself. To put it simply, ‘you deserve it’. Separations can wreck your ‘heart’ but let it not ruin your ‘worth’; in whatever way you think of it.
JK Rowling — “Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure, but the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it.”
So be your master, as Evel Knievel says — “You are the master of your own ship, pal. There are lots of people who fall into troubled waters and don’t have the guts or the knowledge or ability to make it to the shore. They have nobody to blame but themselves”.
Cheers to a great life ahead!