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This morning I woke up a 26 year old with an MBA

Benjamin Felix

I suppose I am a full on grown up at this point.  I don't feel any older than I felt when I was 16.  Maybe a little bit wiser, but I still play basketball with my friends, I still want to pet the dogs I see on the street, and I still like to eat candy.  Wisdom is something that only comes with having experienced different things.  Time alone does not build wisdom; wisdom is created when new experiences assimilate with previous experiences. This interaction of all things learned from experience is how I would define wisdom.  The things that I have learned in school have not made me wiser.  I know more things, but I don't equate knowing things to being wise.  I gained wisdom when I watched my mom survive cancer, when I finished an engineering degree while playing university basketball, when I decided it was time to stop playing university basketball altogether, when I spent a year working on a straight commission basis, and when I told the employer that had taken me under his wing that I was leaving for a better opportunity.  Events like those are not as easy to come by as getting into school and paying tuition fees.  A wise man once told me that there is no better school than the school of hard knocks, and I couldn't agree more.  Don't get me wrong, my life has been far from hard; I just mean that experience is the greatest teacher that anyone can have.  I have been lucky enough to remain healthy, finish two degrees without any student debt, land a great job right out of school, live with my sister, and have parents that are still happily married.  Although I don’t feel any older than I did when I was 16, I have more experiences to draw on when I make decisions and navigate the interactions that I have with people. It is true that today I am 26, I have an MBA, people trust me for advice, and I wear really really nice suits.  Maybe nice suits make me older?  I still don't feel older than I did when I was 16 though.  What I do know is that if I draw upon all of the wisdom that I have gained in my 26 years, it tells me that the day that I feel too old to go to Toys R Us and get temporary tattoos and Nerf swords to battle my sister is the day that I have lost myself.

 

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