Something that I get a lot- is a variation of, “You’re so young, you have time to figure it out.”
I have a friend thats been like a brother to me since high school. About a year ago his younger brother Oscar passed away. Just like that. So unexpected. Cause nobody (including me) expected a person to die at 15. I think we’re all under the impression that we have at least 70-80 years to live. Until then, we think tomorrow is promised. But the passing of a wonderful 15 year old kid challenged me to see that 20 wasn’t promised- as much as the next day.
Just within this year I feel like i’ve experienced life on an entirely new level/perspective. & at 15, I wasn’t full of life and joy like Oscar was. Though I wanted to be.. I think at 15, i was telling myself, “later i’ll do this, later i’ll mature, later i’ll dream and run after it, later i’ll stop doing this thing that I know is bad for me, later i’ll get serious about God. LATER IN LIFE..... LATER.” I think i just lived in this stagnant of youth, that was and is acceptable.
I just turned 21 & I still get comments like, “you're so young, you have time..”. But are you my author of time? Can you assure me I have another day? I think there was a moment where I just decided (and still have to remind myself) i don’t want to live in future tense of what may or may not happen. i want to live right here and now. i want my right now to be full, right here and now.
So In whatever you’re young in. Maybe it’s not age. Maybe it’s something you’re just starting: a new sport, a new relationship/friendship, (or newly single), a new job, a new gift, a new walk in faith. In a small perspective this says to me, don’t be what everyone expects you to be at your youth, because they don’t expect much and you’re capable beyond measure. LIFT THE STANDARDS, be better. Do better than what people expect of you, or that you expect of yourself. YOU CAN BE BRILLIANT! RIGHT HERE AND NOW.