Just Merveilleux?

Life at № 42

What would 18 year old you think?

taleb

I read this the other day and it stuck in my mind. It’s from a speech by the author of The Black Swan, N.N. Taleb. Interesting notion. To go back to the beginning. 18 year old me was still sorting things out, so in my case we should ask 21 year old me. Twenty one was the age at which I pressed the red button. I came out, had my first boyfriend and moved to Spain (intent on never seeing anyone in my family again.) That was 1999. Here we are 18 years later and- well, here we are. Then me would approve of number 42, of Mike, and would have found the rest terribly predictable. Not very ambitious, drinks too much, thinks too much, plus ça change. I don’t think there’s an ultimate definition of success. It’s just getting what we want at a particular time, isn’t it? Over the years I’ve discovered that what I want most is simply to not be bothered. That and being surrounded by beautiful things.

Here’s Catherine Tate who also doesn’t want to be bothered:

Advertisements

34 comments on “What would 18 year old you think?

  1. Carmen
    January 10, 2017

    Is it terribly rude of me to report that I couldn’t understand most of what Catherine was saying?? (I feel the same way the couple of times I tried to watch ‘Coronation Street’)

    It’s that cultural deprivation of mine. 🙂
    Success? Too many definitions!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Really? Have you ever heard a Glaswegian accent? Now that can be incredibly hard to decipher 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • Carmen
        January 10, 2017

        I do much better understanding French people; I’ve had the most exposure to them. Have no idea what a Glaswegian accent is, sorry!
        And then, of course, the regional dialects here in Canada – I can usually pick them out in a crowd.

        Oh, and Mr. M., if you’ve figured out what makes you happy I’d say that’s a definition of success I can relate to; sometimes it takes awhile to do just that. I think you are right, though – it’s about getting what a person wants at a particular time. I do think that the older one gets, one’s idea of success changes. At least it certainly has for me. I used to tie the idea of success to my career, but as I’ve aged, that’s no longer true. Now it’s more about happiness achieved, which has more to do with my home life and community involvement. Perhaps we all realize what most satisfies us and consider that more of an achievement.

        Liked by 3 people

      • Hariod Brawn
        January 10, 2017

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Hariod Brawn
    January 10, 2017

    “Success is a great deodorant.”

    ― Elizabeth Taylor

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Carl D'Agostino
    January 10, 2017

    18 year old me(1967) would be thinking only “Am I going to college or Vietnam? ” Different world. We thought about things of impact and importance. On the other hand, shortly thereafter main thoughts became “Where can I get some more LSD ?” also a matter of impact and importance.

    Liked by 2 people

    • And was it college or Vietnam?

      Like

      • Carl D'Agostino
        January 10, 2017

        Fortunately college but in some of the schools at which I taught when I became a teacher I felt perhaps I would have been safer in Vietnam.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Carmen
        January 10, 2017

        Carl, we got some of your draft dodgers as teachers in Canada! (along with some ‘back-to-the-landers who settled very close to where I still live)

        Liked by 1 person

  4. belasbrightideas
    January 10, 2017

    Not to be bothered and surrounded by beauty? We must have been separated at birth. 😉

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Carmen
    January 10, 2017

    Re: videos from you two fellas: I caught the profanity. 🙂 (that’s about it)

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Clare Flourish
    January 10, 2017

    Aged 18, I was thoroughly corrupted by the world: homophobic, transphobic, consumed with shame. Talib’s comments might apply to a person with a healthy upbringing, but not to me. I would completely terrify and bamboozle 18 year old me.

    Liked by 4 people

  7. acflory
    January 10, 2017

    I wouldn ‘t want to be 18 again. All I wanted at 18 was to not be 18 any more. Why would I use 18 as some kind of a yard stick with which to measure the value of my life?

    Liked by 3 people

  8. kjennings952
    January 10, 2017

    This was exactly what I needed today, what a positive influence you are! 😉

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Linn
    January 11, 2017

    I have changed my opinion on several things since I was 18, but I have never changed my view on what I consider a good life. All in all, I think 18 year old me would have been happy.
    It’s worth mentioning that I never had a rebellious phase in my teenage years which some consider a vital part of growing up. I was simply happy to relax in comfy chair after school, watching some silly tv show or reading a book.
    Now, I’m happy to sit in a comfy chair after work, so nothing has really changed in that way. 🙂
    A lot of 18 year olds seem to think that life is wasted if you don’t go out drinking alcohol every day, but 18 year old me would be perfectly happy to see me relaxing and enjoying life without any more of the party and drinking pressure I had to endure in my youth (though I guess I’m still in my youth).

    Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on January 10, 2017 by in thinking aloud and tagged , , , .
%d bloggers like this: