Age 16, was the year my life literally started. It was the year I began to ask the most salient questions, ‘Who I’m I?’ and ‘what I’m I on this earth for?’ I had just entered the university which opened up a whole new chapter. Looking back less than 10 years after, I am reminded of some of the lessons my younger self prepared me for ……………..
LESSON 1: TIME IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CURRENCY
Truth is, I will soon be 60. It may seem like a distant future. But trust me, you don’t realize how fast time flies till you get there. Essentially, what you do with your time is important. I started to journal my experiences at age 16 and I realized a lot can change in 1 year. The strategy is to make every minute count and work with a goal in mind.
LESSON 2: NEVER STOP WRITING DOWN YOUR GOALS
This part truly got to me, I saw I wrote that I wanted to give a TED talk before 25. I had no idea how it was going to happen but what stood out for me was that in some way, I had channeled my energy towards achieving this goal and on February 11th, 2017, it happened, I gave a Ted talk.
I took a break from journaling, a lazy break, if you like. Seeing my goals written down from when I was 16 reminded me of how important it is to write down your goals.
LESSON 3: YOU WILL HAVE BAD DAY
…and it is all part of the big picture so don’t draw up a conclusion from a few bad days. This I keep reminding myself. How I miss the times all I had to worry about was my CGPA and my hair not growing. With age comes more responsibility. My 16 year old self has thought me to take a chill pill…..name one person in history who achieved anything by worrying. The beauty of our story is that we conquer the storms at different stages of life.
LESSON 4: FRICTION VS REALITY
I grew up reading a lot of friction, day dreaming a lot and hoping my life will be like the characters in the books. However, the reality is that I am black, I don’t have a British accent and I do not like tea. Well, from my experience being a 16 year old, I’ve learnt to write my own script, my own reality.
LESSON 5: NEVER STOP DREAMING
‘as an experienced day dreamer that I is’, I can school you on this one. Never stop dreaming, never stop believing. A quote that that inspired me the most says, ‘if your dreams don’t scare you, then they aren’t big enough’…and they are not valid too if I must add.
Above all, I have learnt to live in the present, you have only one chance to be your current age. Enjoy it!!! Live it!