Friday, May 20, 2011

Youth in Revolt

The older I get, the more I realise that I should have listened to all of the people that were telling me things when I was younger like, 'Don't rush through your childhood, you'll be a grown up before you know it', or 'Don't wish your life away'. As I am getting older and the responsibility of life is setting in, I realise that it's not that they didn't want me to grow up, it's that they truly understood what growing up meant - how drastically life changes, how the burden of responsibility only grows with the passage of time and how the carefree days of youth slowly fade away to distant memories. It's a sad and unavoidable rite of passage.

However, what I am starting to realise, and more importantly hope, is that it doesn't have to be that way. Why do we have to let go of the feelings of our youth? I don't mean to suggest that we shirk our responsibilities, instead we need to put them in their place - they are what they are, but they don't own us, we own them. I think too many of us become slaves to our responsibilities at the sacrifice of our personal joy and happiness.

We are constantly putting of until tomorrow, things we would like to do today because they take precedent. We've forgotten what it's like to enjoy the moments, to dream without boundaries, and how awesome a feeling it is to make the impossible, a possibility. So let's not forget to honour our inner child, and listen to the voice inside telling us that the crazy idea is sometimes the best one.

~ Sasha

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