23 going on 60

The problem with the world is that we are all waiting, for what? Well that’s the problem, most of us don’t know. A new job? To finish college? Get married? Turn forty? Everywhere you look you will see someone who is living a life they don’t want, simply because they want something more. They’re in college doing something practical and wasting their life away because when asked what they want to do, their parents, grandparents, friends, look at them and say “oh but you’re so young, you have the rest of your life to do that.” What happens when the rest of your life disappears? What then? I am 23 years old and I hear this excuse all the time, the excuse not to take chances or do anything with your life because you simply have the next sixty years to do so. That is the excuse of someone who isn’t playing it safe but a cry of someone who is stuck in the middle of their mediocre life and refuses to move. This is the power of suggestion, after long enough of being told you can’t move you will start to believe it even if there is nothing holding you to the ground. I don’t have the answers, not all of them anyway; especially since I’m still trying to figure it out for myself. But if you are reading this and there is something that no matter the circumstances, no matter how much of life you’ve lost, if there is one thing that exist in the back of your mind that you have never let go of, DO IT! Stop waiting for someone to tell you that you can, start small, be economical, get help, but for sanity’s sake just do it. Stop listening to the people who say you can’t; most of the time their intentions are good but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t wrong.

I am a writer. I am a painter. I am an artist. I will be these things even if it kills me, and before I turn old and gray and realize that I’ve wasted my entire life.

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