As someone who will turn 56 in just a few months, I can relate to some portions of this “future self” interview by novelist Peter “Stoney” Emshwiller spotted at Boing Boing, an interview that speaks volumes about how we humans change as we age.
One thing I remember vividly from when I was an 18-year old was that I wanted to retire by age 40 – that goal was missed by six years, though I would never have guessed the route that was taken to achieve it a bit late.
On a completely unrelated note (well, not completely unrelated as I went to college early enough to avoid today’s student loan catastrophe in the making), here’s a pretty stunning statistic about student loan debt via this story by Mohamed A. El-Erian at Project Syndicate:
Over the last ten years, the combination of higher tuition fees, more student enrollment, and greater reliance on loans has caused the stock of outstanding student debt nearly to triple. It now stands at well over $1.2 trillion, more than 60% of which is held by the bottom quartile of households (those with a net worth of less than $8,500).
That’s likely to have a big impact on a lot of future self videos started today.