June 7, 2015
I really liked this video! It had a really warm feeling to it, with lots of positive messages. The two I (Simon here) could relate to the most are:
1) Don’t eat so much junk food: I’m amazed that I don’t have significantly more health issues considering I drank 8 cans of soda a day, ate a box of craft dinner every day, and ate Skittles like it was the end of the world. I’m attributing my non-death to the fact that I played so much basketball. If calories spent is greater than calories consumed, then that’s a good thing. I just wish I knew more about nutrition and could have made healthier choices at a younger age. Bah!
2) Learn more French, dummy! And it’s not for any professional reasons either, not like “more job opportunities will come your way” or something like that. I like my job just fine, thanks! The main reason I want to know French: to read Marcel Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time” in the original. It’s the best thing I ever read. Orrrrr, I also should have learned Japanese, so I can play Final Fantasy games in the original. Yes, my motivation to learn other languages is to consume its entertainment. I’m sure that’s what motivated a lot of kpop fans to learn Korean as well!
Otherwise, this video is a lot more interesting to me now because we just watched “Boyhood” yesterday. What we really liked about the movie: it seems like everybody was always giving MJ advice, and he never took any of it, and still turned out alright. All the stuff that seemed big to him at the time doesn’t really play a big factor in his later life. Bad haircuts are monumental at the time, but hair grows back. Moving to a new place is really sad, but you learn to love your new neighbourhood, until you leave there again. But the idea of not sweating the small stuff is hard to understand when you’re younger, and you don’t have a wide range of experience to compare your current experiences with. And that message, I think, kinda came across in this Speaker’s Corner video as well. But, interestingly, even if we could give our younger selves advice, I doubt we’d follow it, even if we knew for sure we were from the future.