If it were possible to successfully impart to young people the wisdom that comes with age, people in their middle age and older would be far happier. Unfortunately, the understanding of life that accompanies age and experience comes only through…age and experience. It does not come from hearing the sage advice of someone who’s been there, done that. Maybe listening to the advice of elders helps prepare the mind to accept wisdom, but learning life is not like learning arithmetic.
When I see young people make mistakes I made many years ago, I wish I could help them understand, today, what they will understand twenty years hence. But, then, I realize I could never have learned, in the abstract, much of what I now know; it had to come through experience. Wisdom is far harder to acquire than knowledge. It takes more time and more pain.