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Old 09-14-2019, 06:29 PM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Nothing that wouldn't make my 18-yr-old self roll my eyes and ignore it.

It would have been good to know that my mother only had a few years left to live, though.....
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Old 09-14-2019, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Midwest transplant
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"Always be able to support yourself"~that was my Mother's advice to me at 18.

What I would say to 18 year old self~ 1. "Don't write it, Facebook it, snap it, Twitter it or Instagram it....if you wouldn't share it with your grandparent or employer, just don't. 2. Don't get married until you can completely support yourself. 3. Do not let another person or incident define you. You are responsible for your choices and their consequences.
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Old 09-14-2019, 07:28 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Normally... for age 18... life will not get much 'better' than post HS / college years.

Enjoy it while you can! Reality is coming (soon).

This I am so surprised.... Crisis on Campus: the Untold Story of Student Suicides
Crisis on Campus: the Untold Story of Student Suicides - College Degree Search
https://www.apa.org/monitor/2017/09/numbers

I would say... we (parents) have really failed at connecting with our kids.
Expectations too high? Don't think so. Rate was 1/3rd 40 yrs ago when you KNEW you were on your own at age 18. No 'boomerang kids' at that time. (coming back home at age 25, so they could use their college degree (paid by parents) to work Fast-Food)

Broken society,
SAD.
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Old 09-14-2019, 07:30 PM
 
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Take classes to understand finance.

Invest in those things you considered - then didn't.

Buy that 325 acres of farmland while prices are depressed.
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Old 09-14-2019, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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You're probably going to live a lot longer than you think you will. Take care of yourself, and save money for retirement even though it seems like it's a long way off - you'll be glad you did. And when a future company named Apple seems to be on the ropes, buy lots of Apple stock while it's low.

And like all 18 year olds, my young self would roll his eyes and say, "Suure, future old man. I'll get right on it."
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Old 09-14-2019, 08:47 PM
 
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Enjoy your teen years with friends, you have your entire life to start, run, and manage your successful businesses. Stop always worrying about money as it'll always come around when you truly need it. You'll be fine and make it. No matter what, don't let anyone tell you differently. Always stick to what you enjoy and have passions for because through your interests you will find a way to succeed. Don't listen to what negative people have to say about your goals and dreams, stick strong to your roots. Always maintain all your valuable friendships. Just live life and enjoy, be worry free. Forget about the money and trying to compete in a world that is always trying to outdo one another.
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Old 09-14-2019, 08:55 PM
 
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It gets worse before it gets better.
And then it gets worse & then it gets better over and over again. As that happens, you'll learn how to deal with it. Just chill.
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Old 09-14-2019, 09:04 PM
 
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When I was 17, 18 years old, I said to myself: "Go to college, get good education and knowledge. Get a good job first. Don't spread your legs easily and have so many children without thinking when you cannot support yourself and provide a reasonably good life for your children when they are little and young." And I did exactly what I told myself. Life's good for us in general.

I hated to see pregnant teenagers, or any young girls (even 20 something), and then unwanted babies afterwards going to shelters waiting for somebody coming to adopt them. I would loathe myself if I let my brain not in my head but down below.

Now I have two sons, I told them not to make any girls pregnant and run away when they are not ready to be a father yet, or let the girls chasing after them for child support or to make them feel guilty and to live with them when they [my sons] don't want to.
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Old 09-14-2019, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Bay View, Milwaukee
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"You have depression and anxiety, so seek treatment now and don't wait another 10 years."
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Old 09-14-2019, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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Nothing that wouldn't make my 18-yr-old self roll my eyes and ignore it.
Great point.
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