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Writer's Block: Youthful Transgressions
Meme Madness
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What mistake made in your youth do you most regret now?

It's a twofold mistake: not putting more effort into studying and getting better exam results, and not having a clearer idea of what I wanted to do as a career, and more so have enjoyed doing as a career.

It's about a billion times harder to change career post 21, and specifically post university.

I'm not sure anyone telling me this as a child would have altered my behaviour though.


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I dunno, I think too much emphasis is placed on exam results as being essential for a successful life, and that's just not really the case. I did rather well at school and got mostly A grades, but it's had little impact on what I've done since leaving. A couple of my mates who did well spent their years after school hopping from degree to degree, unable to decide on one or really enjoy university- they were absolutely certain they had to get a degree, they just didn't know why. Maybe it doesn't actually matter that much.

Er, I'm waffling. Anyway, I think a general love of learning and a curiosity about things is what we should be encouraging in kids now; even if you don't end up in your dream job, you'll probably still have a happier life.

I guess perhaps it's more the case of doing what you enjoy, whereas the focus with my parents was often about what I would earn and/or exam success. Although it can sometimes be a long journey to find what you enjoy, especially for me!

A lot of people would answer the same way as you to this Writer's Block question. A lot of people have no idea what they want as a career in their youth. Life is confusing.

BTW, I know you like playing video games, I thought this was interesting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-oArux66gA

Yep, life is confusing :-)

That game, and particularly the interface, looks interesting! Only problem with touchscreens though is cleaning the blighters!

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