Wisdom of the Aged.
December 6, 2011 9:46 PM Subscribe
Back in October,
posted by crunchland (61 comments total)
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NYT columnist David Brooks asked his older readers (aged 70+) to send him "life reports." He wanted them to appraise their lives, in an effort to glean some life lessons for all of us to learn by. After receiving thousands of replies, he published his assessment of them a couple weeks ago, in two columns (Part 1: Nov 24, 2011
; Part 2: Nov 28, 2011
). He's also selected specific ones and published them on his blog
tl;dr executive summary :
- Divide your life into chapters. - think of your life as having chapters, to allow yourself assess yourself and change course if necessary.
- Avoid rumination. - it's better to forgive and forget instead of hanging onto past slights.
- Don't waste your time trying change other people.
- Take risks.
- Measure people by their growth rate, not their talents.
- Don't be a rebel.
- It gets better. - Life gets easier when you hit 60.
- “Don’t stay with people who, over time, grow apart from you. Move on. This means do what you think will make you feel okay — even if that makes others feel temporarily not okay.”