Something that my parents have always told me is that you shouldn’t waste your youth because it’ll be gone before you know it. As with most of what parents tell their children, this adage has been proven true over the course of my life thus far. Still, I think that it is human nature to live ‘in the now’ without as much thoughtful regard to the future as we would like in retrospect. That is the defense that I have to fall back on when I see things like this.
The Corner is advertising a college blogger contest. I’m slightly crestfallen, feeling as if I’ve missed out on an opportunity, because I recently graduated from college and therefore am ineligible. There would have been other hurdles to my hypothetical entry, of course, but that I’ve graduated and moved onto beyond that time in my life seems to be sticking with me. People often define themselves by their positions, be it student or employee, and I’m at an interim period in my life where my self-definition is fuzzy.
I spent four years as a college student, and now that I’ve graduated, I’m left without a comfortable label for myself to offer during introductions. Unless you’d like to count the labels that come inside the daily hate mail. If we are to go by what I’m called in those delightful letters then I’ve got quite a few colorful monikers to chose from!
So the point of the quasi-grumbling, quasi-reflective post is that if you are still in college, or if you’re still a high school student, you should remember that your life is only going to get shorter. Don’t wait until you’ve finished the big picture tasks (such as graduation) before engaging yourself in endeavors that you find important.
I wish that I had started dedicating myself to this website a few years sooner now that I’m an old, bitter twenty-something instead of a wet-behind-the-ears teenager.
Mm, can’t wait to see what thirty brings.