The Questions Are More Important Than The Answers
“know-it-all-ism” is a great indicator of youth & immaturity. Though it’s comforting to think there’s someone out there with the answers, it’s much more beneficial to seek them out for yourself. Your journey in life is unique, and the path you take can be partially followed & partially created by you.
Following a recipe of life prescribed by others is path of least resistance. It requires very little thinking on your part. These days with global access, you can find a recipe of life to dictate almost everything you do from what to wear, what to believe, who to admire, what to eat, and who to associate with.
The folks that ‘guide’ us often times are older, and older people just look wiser, they traded away their youth for knowledge & wisdom right? I have a couple decades on my belt, and I can tell you, though there is much learned along the way, older doesn’t necessarily mean much. The world is changing so fast, the only folks who have anything relevant to say, are the ones trying to keep up.
The smartest folks are the ones who are aware of how little they actually know.
It’s the pursuit of knowledge which you should follow. Folks who are on a continual journey to acquire new knowledge generally have a mind open to accepting new ideas, and the bravery to discard the old (and sometimes comfortable) outdated ones.
It’s OK if we don’t know everything, it’s NOT OK if we’re closed to learning new things. I’m fortunate to be of Sikh heritage, which continually promotes learning, growing & sharing (though there’s a boatload of folks who turned that into something else as well).
We’ll never have all the answers, and everything won’t make sense. If anything, as we get older, things become more complex, and we’ll find ourselves longing for the ‘simpler’ days which generally refers to our youth when we had simpler views.
This idea is a bit scary, but it’s also exciting. You are a vessel, and though your parents did a thorough job filling your head with a bunch of stuff similar to the stuff jammed in their brains; you are free to drain it out and start populating it with new things.
Personally I would recommend traveling, and if that’s not in your budget, meeting brand new exotic people & just listening to what they have to say. It’ll be a skill to mine for the gold within their words.
We’re all growing up, and each of us is at a different stage of development. Don’t follow those before you, seek what they were seeking. I think mentors are great, because their hindsight can be your foresight, but even then, make it your own.
Never stop asking questions & never be in a committed relationship with any of the answers.
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