Kids, young Adults – don’t count on the world keeping its promises. Chances are, at some point, the world is going to screw you. It’s going to set up you and then when you think you’re riding high, or well protected, suddenly you will find yourself saying “What? That wasn’t the deal! This isn’t fair”. It will happen.
So, I offer some advice for those times.
1. Wear sunglasses all the time – they were protect your precious and susceptible eyes and although you may feel like your 55, your eyes will never show their true age. But no sunglasses inside unless you’ve just had cataract surgery. Inside makes you look ridiculous, pompous and vain.
2. Get as much varied experience as you can. Trades, higher learning, different industries, varying cultures, etc. So when you think that your extensive experience and education in your chosen field is enough – and it turns out not to be, you’re ready with a back-up plan.
3. Don’t rely on retail as a back-up job. It’s thankless, boring and the pay is crappy. If you love it, okay, otherwise, stay away. And this advice should certainly be considered when you’re shopping at H&M. That kid who is doing an okay job finding you your size 10 pants doesn’t have the best employment. Give him a break.
4. I hate emergency funds – they don’t make sense to me. But make sure you can handle a fluctuating income. Have credit, a rich relative, valuables to sell, whatever, just count on needing money than planned at some point. Chances are you will. But spend it too – what are you saving it for? So maybe One Day you might do something? You’d better do it now – things changes and opportunities disappear.
5. Consider trade school or consider taking some years off to decide what to do. University is great for some people, for others it is a waste of money. Consider where you are trying to get, what you are trying to do. Don’t just go to school because you think you should or someone else thinks you should. Really think about – don’t tell you’re parents that you aren’t going to post secondary school because some random blogger told you not to. Think about it, what do you want your life to be? How are you going to get there? These aren’t easy questions to answer, so it’s not a weekend process.
6. Don’t listen to me. Don’t listen to anyone if it doesn’t jive with what your heart is telling you. Don’t wear sunglasses, let your money slip through your fingers, go to university for a women’s study degree that means nothing to you. One day you may wish you listened to me, but hey, you’ll have some good advice to give first hand (if you can still see to type through your sun damaged eyesight).
July 28th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary: Doing my part for the next generations.