The 20 Project Compiled by Hilary A. Curry


The 20 Project - A collection of stories, wisdom and advice from life on the other side of 20
Compiled by Hilary A. Curry

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I received this book for free in exchange for review. Originally I was thinking it would take me a few hours to devour and read. Except that I do that only with fiction. Anything outside of fiction I take 4 to 5 times longer to read. In the case of this book. Each story would take me a half hour to read but then three or more days to reflect on. There is such wisdom in this book.

I have greatly enjoyed reading this. To review I decided to take each story and share my favorite line from each person.

"Whatever you do. Don't. Get. Old

"But I want to play amongst the stars"

"One thing for sure; it affected my sister and me in totally different ways. She is a devout Catholic and a devoted mother to 11 fantastic kids, is enjoying a long and happy marriage and has never felt the urge to ever set foot outside Australia. Conversely, I'm a single man, an atheist, and a frenetic traveler. Yet, we also love each other to death, despite the many differences. Go figure, as they say!"

"The good thing, though, was that as soon as I began the trip, they then believed in me. It was the moped that they doubted more."
"The hardest obstacles are the ones you create for yourself in your mind."

"When one dream ends in the way you didn't expect, just pick a new dream, new path, or a new passion. It doesn't have to be the end of your life as a dreamer!"

Scuba diving sounds fun

Where do you see yourself in five years
"if you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time " Zig Ziglar

Don't write something off, whether a career path, a person, a city, or a new bottle of hot sauce, until you've tried it.

Life has not been a smooth ride where everything is in perfect alignment.
Out on a limb by Shirley MacLaine
I have always searched for calm, patience, and serenity; however when I am stressed, in pain, or angry I recognize this as something in my life is not in alignment.

Over the years, I've learned to try to have as little expectation as possible, so that I'm less surprised when things go differently than planned, and more importantly, I'm less disappointed when I go to a new place.

Success does not come overnight, and while this might seem cliche, the journey is more important than the destination.

What is the worst that could happen? What is the best that could happen?

How does a marriage lat 20 years in this world? And why is that a question?

"They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price" Khalil Gibran

Take time to listen to your inner self and get comfortable with who you are.

It's better to regret something you did than regret not doing it.

To those 20-year-olds out there, from the sum of my life experience, I say, follow your heart. Be humble; try not to be egotistical and self-serving by finding a way to use your talents, intellect, skills and creativity to serve others. In doing so, you will find peace, happiness, purpose, and love.

Being aware of what you bring to every situation will ensure that no on ecan tell you what you're worth.

Some of the most important decisions in your life will require a lot of reflection, but this is not the only time when self-reflection can be beneficial. As you reach milestones, take a moment to look back and decide if this is still what you want, if this is still what makes you happy.

Wisdom comes when you least expect it, and when you're most in need. The challenge is recognizing and doing something with wisdom when it comes.

NOTES: My favorite story was of Dave. I very much can relate to what he wrote about his sister and himself.
I am passing this book around to a few friends. I enjoyed it so much it definitely needs to be shared!

My post on the 20 Project Blog!