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  • The buddhists say that a daily 20 minutes of aimless wandering satisfies the soul in a big way.

    I have no idea what that need is. But for the next ten years, you are going to be wandering a lot. It won't make any sense for a long time, and you'll probably think you're no good at anything. At least, you're not going to be a master of something. There's no chance that you will pursue a PhD. You will quit rock climbing.

    You're really good at wandering. And although that wandering won't add up to a totally specific career or identifiable apex, it will result in something.

    The skills that wandering produce include affability, flexibility, open-mindedness, problem solving, improvisation, navigation, aesthetic taste, manners and youthfulness. These are the basic skills that will drive the bulk of your 20s. They are going to be good years, and will set you up to stumble into even more life-giving opportunities. Don't let anyone tell you how to do life. If they think they have that authority, their life is inevitably lacking 20 minutes of wandering.
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