When I was younger I used to receive advice, or be given a good talking to by my elders and I remember thinking – “You think you know everything, but you’re wrong”. For the most part I would just let it go in one ear and out the other, seeing no evidence to the education I was receiving.
You need to do this, and you need to do that, if you want to make something of yourself in this world. Alright old man, maybe in your day but this is the modern world and I’ll be known as a millennial someday and things will be different, I’ll have my own challenges to face and everything you are telling me now will be irrelevant.
That obviously changed as I got older and when I started accepting I didn’t know anything about being a grown up, after all I have never been this age before and that is a theme that will repeat itself for the rest of my life. With that in mind, others have been this age before and it is with the benefit of hindsight that those ahead of me in years can impart wisdom and experience to me for free.
I’m still careful to absorb advice only where sound evidence is present but I am more open to listening to those that are older than me. Interestingly when I try to impart knowledge and experience to those younger than me, I receive that familiar response that I once retorted to my future self.
So, probably in vain, the best parting advice I can give to those growing up in the world is to listen to your elders. I’m sure my words will be heeded…