Finally decide that you are an adult

Image shows an adult woman in thoughtful pose

“Finally decide that you are an adult who is going to devote the rest of your life to making progress”.

I love this quote from Epictetus, which was kindly shared in the London Writers Salon newsletter this week.

This well-known Stoic quote in its entirety is a call to action about examining our part in feeling unnoticed and unenlightened, and if you ever need a motivational kick up the bum, then check it out.

But I thought that this final sentence also sums up the concept of lifelong learning perfectly.  And how it isn’t ‘just’ about achieving, but also the pursuit of progress and taking responsibility that matters.

With the last 100 days of 2021 approaching, where can you decide to be an adult?


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