Best advice for 20 something year old I’ve ever read

This is the best advice for 20 something I recently came across while reading some random articles online. It really got me thinking. Undoubtedly, these advises rank among the top tips I wished I knew when I was younger… well, never late than never. It’s a tongue in cheek graduation speech written by Marry Theresa Schimich thirty or forty years ago.

 Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh never mind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded.

But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked….You’re not as fat as you imagine.

  1. Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum.
  2. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blind side you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.
  3. Do one thing everyday that scares you.
  4. Sing!
  5. Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.
  6. Floss!
  7. Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.
  8. Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.
  9. Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary.
  10. What ever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s.
  11. Enjoy your body, use it every way you can…don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.
  12. Dance. Even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.
  13. Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.
  14. Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.
  15. Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
  16. Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on.
  17. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.
  18. Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.
  19. Travel!
  20. Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were
    noble and children respected their elders.
  21. Respect your elders.
  22. Don’t expect anyone else to support you.
  23. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.
  24. Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you’re 40, it will look 85.
  25. Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of  fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.
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