Monday Morning

May 3, 2021

Welcome to a new week and a new month. May is here! Let’s get started.

Growing Slow(er)

According to the 2020 Census, the US population grew 7.4% in the 2010s to 331,449,281 people, give or take a dozen or two. That marks the second-lowest growth rate in our history.

People in their 20s, facing ridiculous levels of student loan debt and increasing home prices, have apparently decided having kids is, well, expensive. And it seems it’s not as important as avocado toast and a plentiful supply of weed.

A little perspective

It’s that time of year when high school students, usually juniors and seniors, are planning or thinking about what they’ll do after they graduate. For some, their path is already clear. But for many, it’s less obvious. For these kids, thinking about their future causes quite a bit of stress.

But let me offer a bit of perspective: With very few exceptions it’s almost impossible to screw your life up at this young age because there’s so much time to recover and rebuild. To reinvent yourself. Take some chances and embrace some risk. And understand what you’re doing now is simply laying the foundation for your life years from now. You may not realize it now, but there is no experience you can’t learn from, good or bad.

Once you build that foundation, what gets built on top can be remodeled, renovated, added to, or even torn down completely and rebuilt to meet the needs of your future self. That’s because if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my 54 years on this earth, it’s that none of us will be the same person in 20 years as we are today.

A quote for a new week and beyond

“Be the boss of your own f***ing life.” Rick L Johnson, Head2paper.com – Way too many times we let others make decisions for us. We let them change our minds and doubt ourselves. Change your mindset and realize it’s your life, your decisions. Take complete ownership. Be the boss and rule your kingdom. Capiche?

See you next week. Hope all of you have a great week.

Rick

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