Friday, December 13, 2013

Ah 20, Here I Come!

I'm turning 20. Who else here havin' the weird tingly yet exciting feeling about this?

I’ve started to think about how easy it is to become controlled by our age. And the expectation of what your age signifies to everyone else. How old you should be by the time you graduate, buy your first house, get married, have kids,start your retirement. Suddenly it seems like there are all these benchmarks to meet, even when they don’t match the goals you are trying to reach.

Because as easy it is to forget, you’re free to do what you want with your life. The problem is, that can be quite the responsibility, to live your life the way you want to, rather than they way you are expected to. Especially if that means taking a big jump and when that jump may feel like a free fall. Maybe quit your first job and go back to school if that feels right. Get married or don’t. Maybe you drop out of school or chop off your hair. Maybe you change your mind and become a different person. Maybe you move away or move back home oM maybe you’re scared to do these things because it’s uncomfortable and unexpected. maybe it’s because you don’t know if everything would fall into place or you’re scared what that would mean if it did.

When you’re in your twenties, I hope you buy a plane ticket to Paris. I hope you get lost wandering all of the streets. I hope you travel the world and read lots of new books. I hope you have interesting conversations over warm cups of tea. I hope you have a water fight in central park. I hope you don’t do any of these things or that you do them all. Probably write a book. Start new friendships and let go of the ones that you need to. Say goodbye to all of the things that have kept you stagnant and vow to keep moving forward.

I hope your life is one of wisdom and youth, adventure and old age-
no matter what year it was that you were born.

But what i really mean to say is that I hope you aren't held back because of a number and that you don’t rush into things because it feels like time is slipping by. I hope you do what’s right for you. Your age is your age. But more importantly, your life is your life. Don’t change your journey so that it matches someone else. We need to walk different paths so the whole world can be explored. Revel in the differences and enjoy where you are.

What's inside your mind readers?

♥ Love, Autumn Zira ♥

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