When I gathered up enough despair for finding a smart idea to write about, I just stumbled upon some surprising subject that put me into an unexpected direction.
When I am able to take the time to reflect upon this kind of unexpectedness I realize that this is the rule and not the exception.
One of a few surprises of these days was the answer for this simple question:
What should every person be knowledgeable about or be proficient in by the age of 20?
Let me analyse, first, this question. It sounds mature, with a concern that casts the shadow of time running out for somebody too close to that milestone. There is a contrast between the preciseness of the question and the fuzziness that should stay behind that question. It looks like a parent who is looking for an objective answer, maybe a cool one. Or behind the question is somebody who knows – generally speaking – the colour of the answer and is waiting for the occasion to say “I told you…”
Now, when I write these lines, I suddenly have the revelation that the person behind the question might be me. I was looking for a neat pattern for what should be, do and have a person at 20. It is a metaphysic knowledge. I am long done for that milestone and the answer that I found puts me in a discomfortable position of being wrong at fifty, forget the twenty.
Now, one of the answers I prefer (taken from Quora):
- How to cook 10 good meals
- How to dress like an adult and not a teenager
- How to get enough sleep on a daily basis
- How to manage your tasks, projects, and calendars so that you never miss a date or forget anything important.
- How to read 100 pages in a day with the same comprehension you would experience if they were spoken to you.
- How to relate to the opposite sex without objectifying them or being afraid of them.
- How to break arbitrary addictions: soda, Facebook, TV, video games, tobacco
- How to pay bills on time and not spend more than you can afford
- How to be comfortable in your own skin, without the constant need of affirmation, showing off, sounding smart, whatever.
I told you …
- What I love: Quora(inbusinessandlife.com)
- Smaller web encyclopedias can be more authoritative than Wikipedia(teleread.com)
- 25 Habits That Will Make You Smarter(time.com)
- 8 tricks for remembering everything you read(businessinsider.com)