We Are Still Young

We Are Still Young

There is so much time left to figure our lives out.

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As my sophomore year of college starts to wind down, I am finding myself, as well as my peers around me, scrambling to find jobs, internships, apartments, etc..

All of a sudden we seem to have found ourselves being thrown into the real world, maybe a little faster than we expected.

This is something I have been thinking about a lot recently, and when it really comes down to it, the fact of the matter is that we really do not nee to have everything figured out for ourselves right now. Realistically, we are still so young. If things don't fall into place for us right now despite our efforts, they surely will eventually.

We don't need to be pushing ourselves quite so hard (at least not from my point of view). I think we can allow ourselves a little more time to breathe and enjoy life than we have been allowing ourselves, especially considering the fact that now is the time for us to be really truly enjoying life and making the most out of it. We only get to live through our twenties once, and once it's over, it's over.

If we spend every moment of our twenties stressing about the future, we are keeping ourselves from enjoying this time. This is our time to be reckless and irresponsible, as strange as that may sound. Personally, once this year is over, the rest of my college experience is going to be drastically different. Friends are no longer all going to be living in one building, and some not even all on one campus, or all in one country. From here on, we are going to have less and less time to spend being young, really being young, and living in the moment.

There will be less opportunities for us to spontaneously take city trips for no reason, less opportunities to make a snap decision to go out on a weeknight, and overall less opportunities to take advantage of the same irresponsibility that we have the opportunity to embrace right now.

Things are only going to get more real for us after this. So, why shouldn't we welcome the thought of being irresponsible while we can?

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.
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When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
Cover Image Credit: Sara Donnelli Photography

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