What I'd Tell Myself at 18? | 回到18岁 你想告诉自己什么

What I'd Tell Myself at 18? | 回到18岁 你想告诉自己什么

I like to joke that I am who I am today because I did everything wrong in my 20's. I've always been fearless, and it often got me in trouble. I wasn't afraid to start a business, borrow a bunch of money, or quit a well-paying job to travel the world.


At the same time, the fact that I took chances (and often failed) gave me the wisdom that I have today. Lessons learned through failure tend to be much more meaningful than lessons leamed otherwise.


Now that I'm in my 30's, life is pretty good. While I haven't learned it all, I feel my head is screwed on straight enough that life is much less stressful. I've come into my own and built the foundation for a secure and prosperous future.


Even though things are going well, I often imagine what it would be like to go back into the past and teach myself what I know now. I know enough to be certain that I lost most of my twenties to a struggle with debt and poor decisions. If I had done things differently, maybe I could have been where I am now at age 22.

尽管一切都在顺利地进行,我还是经常想象,如果我回到过去并且把我现在学到的东西教给那个时候的我,事情会变成什么样子。我非常清楚,20几岁的我大部分时间都在和债务以及自己的糟糕决定纠缠。 如果我能用另外一种方式去做事,也许在我22岁的时候就能有今天的成就。

Could you imagine? Self employed and almost finacianciall independent at age 22? No... not almost. My expenses were much less back then... I would have been financially free!


I know, it doesn't do any good to ask what if. If I had known it all at age 22: I probably would have been a little cocky. Doing things the hard way seasoned my character. I like who I am and I wouldn't change a thing.


But what if...


What I'd Tell Myself at 18?


Sometimes I imagine that I'm in a fishing boat, thousands of miles away from the life I know,  slowly drifting across a lake: As I recline at an uncomfortable angle created by the wood bench, I glance over at the  18 year-old version of myself and upload my wisdom to him.