"How can I, as a teen, improve my life the most in a single day?"which is typical of Quora in its assumptions that there might be an easy answer to such an existential question; and one that can be grasped and implemented before tea-time. A couple of useful answers advise
- go intern for free at some place which is doing what you're interested in: it's cheaper than college and you'll learn more in 6-9 months in the real world, than the same amount of time being given a parcel of theory by a witter of academics (I've just coined a new collective noun). Other views on working for free.
- learn to dance (!?) which obviously worked for the suggester who notes that dancers are inclusive and welcoming , the basics are open to anyone with two legs, you'll meet others adults . . . in a social setting . . . especially women. Drumming is like dancing: the sex ratio is 5F:1M or higher and many of the women are both young and fit. In my Samba days, I was sitting next to the other silver-back during one of the rests: looking round with quiet appreciation he said "I don't know why more young men don't come here".
Somewhere about our person, we have our true selves but we are surrounded by people who can't see that and we are awash with suggestions about what we should do. That doesn't make it any easier to see who we really are. I guess, in analogy with Linus Pauling's quip "The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas", we should advise youngsters to try a lot of options. Further sunshiney advice to young men about drugs and other things.
The last word to Nicolas Cole " Discipline is a practice. It is an art. It is not a talent, it is not something you're born with. It is a piece of wood meant for you to whittle . . . Get to whittling."