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Top Five: Life Advice for All Ages

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We’ve read so many “love letter to my XX-year-old self” articles, and this one from illustrator/blogger Garance Dore is one of our favorites.

The video above is easily another one. When WireTap, a radio show on CBC Radio One, decided to end its 11-year-run, it did so with a farewell video showing people—ranging from 7 to 93—dispensing advice to their younger, impressionable counterparts. It starts off with practical, no-nonsense advice and ends beautifully, with a message from a man who’s lived 93 years.

Here are our top five favorites:

1. From a very smart 12-year-old: “Dear 9-year-olds, don’t get involved with the popular kids. They’re narcissistic capitalists that know nothing about politics.”

2. From a 32-year-old artist to 30-year-olds: “Being a starving artist only works if you actually make art.”

3. From a 36-year-old mom to 34-year-olds: “Stop panicking. Being a single mom is an incredible thing.”

4. One of the most poignant messages comes from this 47-year-old woman to 36-year-olds: “Stop caring so much about what other people think. They’re not thinking about you at all.”

But they’ve obviously saved the best for last. So how does the 93-year-old end the string of life advice?

5. “Dear 91-year-old, don’t listen to other people’s advice. Nobody knows what they hell they are doing. Just do your own thing. That’s the way I see it.”

In other words, just do you. You can also watch this gem of a video here.

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