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andrewwyld From: andrewwyld Date: October 1st, 2004 09:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I doubt I'd be able to help my undergraduate self, in the sense that people actually did tell me the things I'd tell myself, and I believed them, but didn't act on them quite enough.

Perhaps I'd tell myself to write more stuff down, or even just to read back the stuff I did write down.  I had a sort-out a few weeks back, and some of my ideas were actually dead on, if I'd only remembered them ....

For what it's worth, I think the scariest thing about being older is that there are now people aged twenty or so whom I legitimately fancy, they being unequivocal adults, but whom I could, nevertheless, have known when they were babies (and thought "ahh, how sweet").

Additional scary thought:  I don't think I was as together aged eighteen as some of the freshers here.  I don't think I'm as together now as some of the freshers here.
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: October 1st, 2004 09:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, but you would have the advantage of being able to say to your undergraduate self "Look, I'm you, and I know that we will end up in a crappy situation/shit job/less-than-optimum way if you don't do something about <foo>". I think I'd trust my future self to tell me the truth about that kind of thing, and be more inclined to do something about it. :)
andrewwyld From: andrewwyld Date: October 1st, 2004 09:32 am (UTC) (Link)
But I trusted the people who gave me the advice in the first place, and thought it was good advice.

In fact, what I lacked was not so much the knowledge about what was the best plan as the strength of will, or possibly the confidence or energy, to carry it out.

Now, if I could travel back in time and take a girlfriend for my former self, I'd be laughing.
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: October 1st, 2004 09:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, trusting and believing someone else is one thing, but I would think specific warnings of explicit doom from my future self would give me the required KUTA to actually take heed. I can think of at least four examples where I could give my younger self a very explicit warning not to do something, or to do something else, because of the known-to-my-older-self repercussions. I imagine I'd act on those, although I might ignore ones of lesser seriousness.
andrewwyld From: andrewwyld Date: October 1st, 2004 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
My problem has never been lack of information.  In this case, it's lack of confidence, and I myself -- even my future self -- would be the very last person I'd trust.
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