“A man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty
has wasted thirty years of his life.”
Truer words were never spoken. If one’s view of the world is unchanged after 30 years of living, there’s a washout in understanding the wisdom, maturation, and learning expected during that span of time.
What one learns, gains, and applies while living during the 30 years, between ages 20 and 50 is substantial and has a significant impact on the future.
It might be wise to ask ourselves how our lives have changed in the last decade (depending on our age). Have we grown? Emotionally as well as psychologically?
Was there a turning point? Was it significant and lasting? Or was it fast and quickly forgotten? What was wasted?
What experiences were the most meaningful? Would we have enforced change or made adjustments? Most importantly, what did we learn?