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DO: befriend somebody older than you.

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We look at people who are older than us. They seem so smart – so good at what they do. They have the world all figured out, and you think that you too should be on their level. As a younger sibling, I’ve gotten used to the idea there will always be somebody who has an advance on me in life, but I’ve also learned to not look at it as an intimidation. Look at it as your chance to learn.

Observe your superiors – your parent, older sibling, boss, older friend. Observe what they do, how they react, and how they think through situations. Talk to them about what’s going on in your life. Chances are that they’ve gone through something similar and can help give you a better outlook on the situation. I’ve talked through breakups, financial situations, friendships, and other life matters with my older friends, and each time I’ve found their perspective extremely helpful and eye opening.

I think that sometimes as human beings we live our lives with too much haste. We want to be knowledgeable and skilled beyond our years. We don’t consider that (usually) neither are the type of thing that one just happens upon. They both develop over time, and take effort and learning. Befriending somebody older than you is a good way to realize this truth. Take observatory lessons from a superior who already has the skills or knowledge you seek. Learn from them and take your time. You’ll be old and wise soon enough.

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Taylor -September 17, 2011, 12:02PM

It’s kind of ironic you did this post this weekend! I was given a project in school where we have to write a letter to someone 2 generations older than us and share our american dream and they write a letter back to us with their american dream when they were our age. It should be fun!
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Jasmine -September 17, 2011, 7:39PM

I’ve been doing this all my life, and it isnt usually on purpose, but I LOVE it. I love that I can share things with older people they would’nt know but would like to know, and they teach me so much in return. Quite beautiful friendships in a way thats just as beautiful as being friends with someone your own age. (:

Abby -September 17, 2011, 8:51PM

hey FP love this piece — in the upcoming weeks can you guys do diy geared towards at-home halloween costumes?? i would love to see what you guys could do with all your creativenss

prace maturalne -October 19, 2011, 12:16AM

happiness!!

przewierty sterowane -October 19, 2011, 8:28PM

really wonderfull

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