As we get older, progress in our careers and rack up experiences and accolades, we sometimes find ourselves saying, “Wow, and we thought we knew everything at 21.” And while the comment indicates growth in our lives, it also means we run the risk of having ageist thoughts that assume we can’t learn much from the young.
It’s a belief I don’t subscribe to. Nearly half of the Her World team is under 25 and I’ve learnt much from them, whether it’s the newest social terminologies or their personal progressive perspectives on life that provide much food for thought.
In our Youth Special (from page 56), Singapore’s young showcase their individualistic fashion styles, give us the low-down on their secret beauty haunts, and share their opinions on issues such as peer pressure, body image and dating.
The 20-year-old Lad Komal Bhupendra, Singapore’s own Greta Thunberg, founded a climate-change rally that saw 1,700 people show up at its inaugural event at Hong Lim Park last year. She reminds me of the sense of invincibility I used to have in my 20s. She wrote on page 102, “We are our future”– it’s a belief that everyone should adopt, whether you are in your 20s or 50s.
There’s a saying that goes, “Youth is wasted on the young”. Is it, really? I believe the youth now are actually exploring horizons and living life at light speed, and this inspires us, whatever age we are, to adopt a similar invincible mentality once again. – NYL, EDITOR