Advice to Young People: Enjoy It While You Can

Craig ShieldsIt’s hardly likely that anyone wonders what I looked like in college, but if, on the off-chance I’m wrong, here you go, from the Trinity College (Hartford, CT) yearbook, 1977.

My wife tells me that I looked the part of an idealist–even back then. That’s kind of ironic, given that I majored in physics, a subject that doesn’t care a damn about my or anyone else’s ideals.

If I thought about combing my hair, I guess I must have dismissed the idea.

Good times!  I visit the campus every couple of years, which is easy, as Hartford is on the way from New York City to Boston, a drive I’ve made many times over the years.  Whenever I’m there, I make sure to walk around and talk to a few kids to get their feedback on what it’s like for them to be there.

I know I sound like an a stereotypical old fool when I tell them this at the end of the conversation, but I do it anyway:  “I want you to enjoy every nanosecond of your all-too-brief time here.  It’s likely that you’ll remember this experience as the best part of your life, and here’s the kicker: when each day is gone, it’s gone forever; it’s never coming back.”


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2 comments on “Advice to Young People: Enjoy It While You Can
  1. Cameron Atweood says:

    Well said, my friend.

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