Whether we’re old or young, we can offer advice to a person younger than ourselves. Here’s a contribution from Gikonyo Leah, who describes herself as “a Kenyan Millennial.” Her reply highlights the struggles that so many young people experience, often with life-or-death urgency. It’s hard being young, and young wisdom is hard-won. Here comes the new year: keep living, please.
Q. Imagine a younger person telling you they want to achieve a happy, healthy old age. Give your very best tip, in 30 words or fewer.
A. Keep living and being present in the moment. Choose happy even when it doesn’t make sense. Keep choosing yourself no matter what the twists & turns in your life. Lastly, always be yourself.
Q. Why did you choose to share that particular tip?
A. Because it’s the daily Truth I personally choose to accept daily ever since my younger teen days as I was learning about life & people.
Q. Did you follow any advice that you were given about achieving a happy, healthy old age?
A. Yes. If the advice truly resonated to what I believed was the truth to me too. I think it’s our humanly way of living with each other.
Q. How old are you?
A. 22. Well they say girls grow up fast??
P.S. For this series of tiny tips for a happy healthy old age, I edit some responses so they fit with the others.