Why 30 is Not the New 20 – TED Talk

This TED Talk has been making the rounds on Facebook and Twitter, but I didn’t get around to watching it until this morning. Its message feels very timely for me, since I am a 20-something, and since I officially received my undergraduate degree yesterday afternoon, surrounded by my beloved family and friends. I’m so excited but so nervous about what my 20s will hold, and before you ask – no, I have no real plans. Her talk really resonated with me: I’ve got to consciously, carefully craft the life I want for myself, and I’ve got to make it all count. Last year at this time, the idea of graduating positively sent me into a panic. But right now? I feel like it’s all going to work out just fine, eventually. I’m going to be (we’re all going to be) okay.

1 thought on “Why 30 is Not the New 20 – TED Talk”

  1. I just saw this video recently too and loved it. I took the first year after graduation pretty easy, but over the last year I’ve been building up my tempo again. I realized that I really don’t like drifting. I want to feel like I’m acting with purpose, that I know what I’m doing, that I have a goal and a future to work towards. I realized that I like working with deadlines and schedules and while it can feel limiting and stressful at times, in the long run it helps me stay mentally calm and keeps my energies focused. I think that it takes a while for us to really discover ourselves after years of being driven by school schedules and requirements. At the same time, that discovery is a conscious process. We don’t suddenly wake up one day knowing what to do — we have to really want it and work toward it. We need breaks and time to relax and unwind, but I think in the day-to-day we need purpose and drive, we need a reason to live and get up in the morning, and it has to be our reason.

    I’m almost half-way through my twenties and I’ve only just founded a purpose and goal to work towards. The journey to this point has been rough at times, but I’ve learned a lot and I’m a better person because of it. Good luck on your journey! No need to rush, but don’t stay in one place for too long.

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