What advice would you give to someone twice your age?

What advice would you give to someone twice your age?

Every Wednesday we ask our Brain Game contestants one interesting, thought-provoking or just plain quirky question, and eliminate your least favourite until we have a winner

Every Wednesday we ask our Brain Game contestants one interesting, thought-provoking or just plain quirky question. Their answers will be published anonymously in Young Post. Then readers can vote for their FAVOURITE answer. We will eliminate the contestant with the LEAST votes every week until we have a winner.

The ultimate Brain Game winner will receive a Polaroid Socialmatic Camera  worth US$299. Votes close at midnight on Sunday.

The contestants

Contestant 1

Do more with less. I’m sure even a person twice my age feels insecure at times and can feel like they’re less fortunate than others. I’ve definitely felt jealous of others during the 12 years that I have lived. But I’ve come to accept that the less knowledge, power or wealth that you have, the more you become motivated to work or try harder to get the things that you desire. That’s why I’d advise someone to do more with less.

Contestant 2

I wouldn’t be able to say much about careers, time management, or relationships, but I think I’d be able to provide some personal style tips. Dear person twice my age, please resist the urge to recapture your youth in fashion. I am talking about buying Hello Kitty T-shirts with the intention of looking “cute”. If it is something that not even I, a teenager, would voluntarily wear: Put. It. Down.

Contestant 3

You’re in your 30s, with a stable income and a daily routine, and you’ve decided that you’re going to live that way for another 30 years. Woah, what? What about the drive you had when you were younger? Have you forgotten that, or have you simply abandoned it? If you’re twice my age but you’ve only got half of my passion, it’s time to reassess your life. Don’t feel like you’re tied down by work or society – rekindle that passion.

Contestant 4

If you haven’t started chasing your dreams, don’t wait – do it now! You’re only about 30, it’s not too late to follow your dreams. Living a life where you’re true to yourself will bring you much more happiness and satisfaction than one where you’re trying to live up to the expectation of others. If you want to be an artist, for example, then do something about it - try to get into a performing arts school!

Contestant 5

Stop polluting our environment! You’re in the best possible position to make a change in the world. Stop trying to exploit all our resources on Earth and consider the sort of future the next generation inherits. Leading a less wasteful life is a small step for a person, but it’s a giant leap for humanity if everyone does it. Stop fast fashion! Stop food wastage! Stop upgrading your phone as often as you do!

Contestant 6

I’d tell them to treasure their days. I’ve been told that the older you get, the faster the days will pass, and I feel that’s absolutely true. As young as I am, I also feel like time is constantly sprinting away from me. You’ve only got that much time to pursue, achieve and enjoy life, so I’d also say to never, ever waste your time on things you’ll regret later on.

Contestant 7

I think I speak for all my fellow teenagers when I say that I’d tell that person that just because they’re older than us doesn’t mean they know any better. Due to the age and generational gap, people twice our age tend to think that they know everything – or at least more than us. I’d tell that person to stop and see things from our point of view before recklessly criticising our choices!

*In case of dispute, Young Post reserves the right to decide the result.

Edited by Ginny Wong

 

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
What advice would you give to someone twice your age?

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