What would you tell your 25-year-old self right now?

The Serenity Prayer of course, but he probably wouldn’t listen anyway.


The Serenity Prayer was created in the post-depression era in the US by Reinhold Niebuhr.


There are several similarly themed phrases dating from the 8th century to recent adaptations (Bartley):


For every ailment under the sun
There is a remedy, or there is none
If there be one, try to find it
If there be none, never mind it.

In Old English, wisdom meant “wise judgement”. The getting of wisdom took time back then.


As a youngster, we have the world at our feet and are seemingly bullet-proof. If I look back at some of the career choices I made, people would say I was completely crazy.


Well, you only get the experience, knowledge, and good judgement through living it.


The coronavirus will define a generation of 25-year-olds that in 25 years will have a completely different outlook on life. They’ll almost certainly be working from a fully automated home with an unrecognisable work-life existence.


For those of us older and wiser for the journey, just ask a 25-year-old one thing:


“How's the serenity?”


They will have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.


(Quote from the “The Castle”)

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