I found a lot of inspiration in Meg Jay’s informative and engaging TED talk, Why 30 is not the new 20. In it, Jay makes an impassioned plea to 20-somethings to not neglect this time of integral physiological and sociological development. To consider your 20s an extended adolescence is to flirt with future struggle or (dare I say) disaster.
We play with time as if it were an unlimited resource, as if the seconds behind us are just as valuable as the ones in front of us. That’s a misnomer, of course: the most valuable time you have is the time that you do something valuable with…whether you are a 20-something or a 50-something.
Jay wants her 20-somethings to take the time they have seriously. I think we can all take something from that message.
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