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Advice for Challenging Times (from Your 80-Year-Old Self)

Publishing Director Christina Amini shares a few pieces from Advice from My 80-Year Old Self. Susan O’Malley, the artist behind the book, asked people what advice their 80-year-old self would give them, and then illustrated the responses. 

Right now, I am looking to the artwork of my dear friend Susan O’Malley (1976-2015) for inspiration, for articulation, and for strength. Susan was an expert at the great power of human connection and distilling life into its fundamental element: love. She had the singular ability to find essential truths and share them. They seem to be speaking to us all the time, especially now.

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James, 35 years old

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Caroline, 71 years old

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Kelly, 25 years old

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Kelly, 25 years old

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Lars, 44 years old

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Julian, 56 years old

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Larry, 88 years old

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What advice would your 80-year-old self give you?

Christina Amini

Publishing Director for art books and gift products at Chronicle Books. You can follow her at @christinaamini.

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