I recently read the TED.com article What advice would you give a younger you?
I thought ‘what a wonderful chance for some reflection’ so I would like to share with you what I wrote.
I don’t ever remember being afraid of getting “old” and I am still not. There are things I miss about being young – chiefly the ability to pull all-nighters and keep working and working well. I miss being smiled at by cute boys I didn’t know and I miss sitting in coffee shops and watching the people go by. All that stuff feels pretty trivial these days. I’m happier than I’ve been at any time in my life. I have a wonderful husband whom I adore, I am watching my two amazing kids grow up. I’ve made a business I’m proud of and I have real, true, glorious friends. I don’t miss that I cared so much about what the world thinks of me. I especially love that with age I realized the world isn’t thinking of me at all, the world is too worried about its own stuff. I love that I live in a country that allows me to live this wonderful life, and that I and my family are safe. I know the downside of age and I am know the view from age 24 is not the view from age 44 or the view from age 64. But I wish time hadn’t gone so fast and I wish I’d enjoyed it more and worried about it less along the way.
Advice I would share with my 24 year old self.
Dr. Karen McGee