For his 40th birthday, writer and podcaster Srinivas Rao wrote a lengthy essay on lessons he has learned about life that would have been useful to him when he was younger. Many of them have to do with the importance of taking the time to see the beauty in life and in other people, finding what makes you satisfied, not being afraid to try new things, and learning how to let go when you need to and ask for help or advice when you need it.
Reflect on these key points:
- 1Forty is often a benchmark year, one wherein many people worry whether they will ever be worth more monetarily, or if their life is close to half over.
- 2Oftentimes, it takes decades of living before we understand that our worth and lovability should in no way relate to what we have accomplished.
- 3It takes getting older to realize that impatience actually stalls progress, while patience smooths it.
“I was visiting my friend Joseph Logan for a snowboard trip in Colorado. After a few warm-up runs, he said: “it’s graduation time.” In my mind, black diamonds were impossible, something I’d never be skilled enough to do because I was too old.”