Meg Jay: Essential questions to ask your future self | TED

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


To shrug is to give a brief, dismissive gesture with your shoulders. Shrugging can mean anything from "I don't care" to "I don't understand."

  • He shrugged his shoulders and said, "It doesn't matter."
  • She shrugged her shoulders and said, "I don't understand."

The grandchildren are the children of someone's older child or children. They are usually called this because they are a lot smaller than the children of the parents' younger children.

  • My granddaughter is a lot of fun, but my grandson is a little boring.
  • I'm so excited to see my grandkids again.

somethings is a contraction for some things. When you say "some things," you are including all of the things that are mentioned.

  • The teacher mentioned somethings that the student should be aware of.
  • The student mentioned somethings that needed to be fixed.

The unknowns are the things that we don't know yet. The unknowns can be things that we don't know about the world, or things that we don't know about ourselves.

  • The unknowns are why we don't know what the future will bring.
  • The unknowns are why we can't ever predict the future.

The enneagram is a type of personality test that was developed in the early 1900s. It is based on the idea that there are nine different types of people, and each type has its own set of personality traits.

  • She is an 8 type, which means that she is very intuitive and she is very sympathetic.
  • He is a 9 type, which means that he is very independent and he is very demanding.

An influencer is a person who has a lot of power or influence. They can be famous or just very popular, but they can often influence the way that a lot of people think or feel.

  • The influencers are the ones who are going to decide whether or not the store will stay open.
  • The influencers are the ones who are going to decide which movie to watch.

To morph is to change form. When you morph, you change your shape or appearance.

  • The creature morphed into a human form.
  • The plant morphs into different shapes to escape from the fire.

To prioritize something is to put it into order, to decide which thing is most important. When you prioritize your work, you try to make sure that the most important things are done first.

  • The manager prioritized the safety of the workers over the production schedule.
  • The teacher prioritized the assignment list over the class discussion.

To circle something is to move around it in a circular fashion. When you circle a group of people, you are protecting them from harm.

  • The wolves were circling the herd of cows, waiting for the perfect opportunity to attack.
  • The birds were circling around the feeder, waiting for the opportunity to get a food.