What’s easier now than later? Karen Watts and Robin Dellabough respond

Ramit Sethi · August 4th, 2006

Reminder: Last week, I wrote a post called It Never Gets Easier Than Now. This week I’m featuring responses from people I admire on what’s easier to do when we’re younger.

Karen Watts, partner at book-production firm Lark Productions, writes:

Doing nothing.

Losing weight.
Being creative just for the sake of being creative.
Being fearless.
Falling in love.
Getting over failed love.
Adopting strays.

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And Robin Dellabough, also a partner at Lark Productions, writes:

It was easier to choose how to spend money in my 20s because I had no one else to consider. It wasn’t a matter of “should we send the kids to camp or buy a new car” or “go to Europe or invest in my husband’s new business.” More disposable income in a way.

It was easier to spend a lot of time shopping for exquisite ingredients and then spending hours preparing elaborate recipes.

It was easier to travel all over the world. I would work for awhile, save up, and then take off, repeating that pattern between the ages of 17 and 29.

It was easier to change careers. Nothing prevented me from switching, which I did three times before I was 30 and now have not since (at 54).

See the original article that inspired this, It Never Gets Easier Than Now.

Other responses

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  • Dr. BJ Fogg, Stanford professor and director of the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab [response]

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  1. Karen is wrong. First, it’s easier to adopt a stray once you own your own home and have cash to spend on food and pet supplies and vet bills. Second, college students and twentysomethings tend to have much more tempestuous, unstable, superficial relationships than people who *really* fall in love as mature, responsible adults. Third, it’s very hard for young people to be fearless because they have very little to be legitimately afraid of. It’s committing to share your life with another person and taking on the awesome responsibility of parenthood that require real courage, not starting yet another frivolous social-something-or-other Web 2.0 company just so you can have it on your resume after it tanks six months later.

  2. Pete is wrong. Karen didn’t mean stray animals, she meant stray people. And it is possible that Pete never fell in love in that delicious, bright-as-dawn way that happens only when you’re young. Finally, you are NEVER more fearless than when you’re young BECAUSE you don’t know any better. Fearless is the absence of fear, not the absence of things one might be afraid of. Someday. When you’re old. Which Pete sounds like he is. Sadly.