Growing up is something we are all faced with. Most of the time we do not realize it is happening because of what is going on in our lives.
We get so caught up in our own lives, that we do not realize how fast time has passed us by. My dad reminds me of how when I was a kid I would always tell him:
“I can’t wait to grow up.”
He would respond with:
“Don’t be in such a hurry to grow up.”
Only now I realize how right he was and I curse myself for growing up so fast.
I just turned 23 on Monday, I went from feeling 22 to nobody likes you when you’re 23 overnight, and all I can think is how fast time has gone. I am in the midst of stress from school from 15-page papers due on Friday, to the inevitability of finals coming up in December, and I would give anything for those days of where my hardest decision was what color crayons to use.
That is not the case any more, I have bigger responsibilities that require more time and focus, but that does not mean I stopped being the kid I used to be. I think it is important to keep your inner child and treat it every once and awhile.
For me I indulge in the occasional classic TV show or comic book, which makes me forget about my problems for a while and makes me feel like a kid again.
Though I am a little sad that my childhood has come and gone, I am not against the idea of growing up. I’ve had a lot to learn that only I would have learned and understood as an adult.
As I have mentioned in a different column I wrote I had some big hardships in my life and I would not trade those hardships for anything easier, without that I would not be the man I am today.
Occasionally I find an old picture of myself from high school, or even my first years of college, and all I can think is:
“Man that guy had a lot to learn. He’s going to be in shock to learn that his life will not be the way he thinks.”
For a while I thought my life was figured out, but now I realized I do not even know what I am going to eat tomorrow.
I leave you all with this, look at the cartoon I drew. I learned to live by something and it is; be the person your younger self would be proud of. Take that with you in everything you do.