Sunday, May 18, 2014

Dear 20-Something Me

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You seem to be lost. What have you been doing with your life? Trying to figure out what you really wanted to do. Have you found it already? I hope so, because if not, you’ll just be a fag hag walking through a course of life not knowing where to go. That would be a very unlikely situation that you do want to miss, right? So you better decide now. And grab a firm hold on it, once you find it.

I know. I know. You’re sleep deprived, but I’m telling you, most of the people your age suffer the same, so I don’t think you’re in the position to complain. Now is the time you make the most of your waking life so enjoy it while it lasts. However, don’t forget to take care of yourself while you’re having fun. Try to get some sleep. And avoid all unnecessary errands or gimmicks, especially during weekdays and Sunday nights. Don’t rely on coffee the next day just to be awake because you’re getting acidic already. Watch your health; you’ll thank me later for telling you now.

I can see that you’re happy with where you are now. That’s good news. Just please don’t change your mind again a few months after because you think you want another career path. Hang in there a little while and think a million times of your next plan before scheming to a new venture. You’re not getting any younger, so you might want to take life seriously.  

I’m expecting you’re going to argue that life is a playing field and that you may commit as many mistakes as possible, but you have to slow down a bit. Thinking that you’ll regret in your later life all the things that you didn't do now is a dangerous frame of mind. Some people say it’s healthy, yes; however, you need to understand the line between what you can do to affirm that you are living your life to the fullest and seeing life in a mature perspective.

Ok, I’ll stop nagging because, I’m sure, you’re rolling your eyes by now. Let me commend you from here. I’m happy that you’re happy. However stubborn you are, I know that you only did what you do to satiate and to mum the inner voice within you. I see nothing bad about that. Anyway, it’s your life. Who cares if you fail?  Not me, I’m confident that you’ll stand up again if ever you stumble, as you always do. Nor will you blame anyone if you fall because you know that you are your own child and that whatever happened to you, it’s on you.

You've had your share of pain and happiness. You got hurt. You fought. And let go when you need to. You find happiness on your own. And pursue your dreams. It requires a strong will to be able to come out as a whole despite what you've been through.

Always remember to believe in you. No matter what happens, don’t let yourself down. People will. Expect that. But don’t get tired of you. Just harvest all the wisdom along the way. And leave the pain that might make you bitter and lose your enthusiasm about life. As you've said, life is your playing field, so enjoy it!