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Anonymous said: Have any advice for a teenager who is terrified because soon they will be in college and soon after that they'll be a grown up and soon after that they'll be middle aged and then they'll be old and life is just moving so fast and they have no idea what they want to do with their lives because everything seems like it would be boring to do for the rest of their life and they're really scared that they'll be a boring grown up and the idea of trying to imagine "the rest of forever" is terrifying?
@4 days ago with 108 notes
Pick a day when you’re not doing anything.
If you have a car, take your car.
If you don’t have a car, maybe see if there is a bus, or if someone can drive you.
Pack a camera.
Pack a snack.
Get in the car/vehicle.
Turn off your GPS/maps/navigation device.
Drive to the nearest place you haven’t ever been before. Drive to a new city you haven’t ever visited. Drive into the forest route. Drive towards a body of water. Don’t think, just drive until you see something interesting.
Get out, walk. Continue walking. The important thing here is that you will have no idea where you’re going.
Get completely lost.
Take a deep breath. Take a look around. Take a picture.
Pay attention. This moment, this exact moment, will never be like any other moment you will ever have in your life.
Observe the people around you. Probably, if there are any people, they will have been in this place before you have been. They will know where they are, geographically. They will be in their element.
They will be as lost as you. They will not have any idea what they’re going to be doing 10 years from now. If they think they do, they are wrong. They will have a completely different life from what they expect.
Smell the air, look at the trees, study the flora and fauna.
All of it, no matter how intricate, did not choose to be here. It grew and flourished because it had a chance to live, an opportunity to get bigger, the proper nourishment and sunlight to gain strength and reach towards the sunlight, or gain strength to move forward. It never specifically planned anything. It just happened.
Life is short. The rest of forever is terrifying. It SHOULD be. Pretending it is anything else is just lying to yourself.
There is no such thing as a boring adult. You know why?
Because adults aren’t real.
People are born people. They’re small. Then they get bigger. Then a little bigger. Then a little bigger still. They might look like they’ve stopped growing, but nothing changes. They will keep growing until they die, even if it isn’t physically visible. They will learn new things all the time even if they don’t want to. They will change all the time even if they don’t want to. ‘Middle aged’ is a lie. There is no middle age. It’s just an age. The middle of your life will not be known until it has ended. Don’t celebrate it. Don’t fear it. It’s not true.
Where are you now? How long have you been here? How much of it could you have predicted before you were in this exact moment in time? Are you the same person you were ten years ago? Are you the same person you were a year ago? A month ago? Ten minutes ago? What changed? What hasn’t?
Look. Look look look look look. Even when you can’t see, look with other parts of you. Smell, imagine, listen, observe.
This place where you are now, full of panic and confusion and uncertainty is not a clean sand beach. If you look down, you will see footprints. Thousands of people have been this lost. Millions more will be just as lost tomorrow, next week, in the year 2056. This fear is normal. It’s not crippling. It will pass.
The important thing is that this fear isn’t a bad thing. It’s a good thing to be scared. It means you know and understand the importance of each fleeting moment. But that also means that you have to make the most of it, because life IS fast. Life IS fleeting. The next 100000 moments you have will be NOTHING like any of the other ones in your life.
But you know how many moments there are? SO many more.
People live longer every day. I don’t plan on dying until I turn 127. It ain’t going to happen. I have too much I want to do. YOU, friend, are probably going to live a lot longer than you think. Plan for it. Plan for as many trips as you can take. Plan for as many friends as you can make. Assume everything is going to be more awesome than you could have imagined.
Find something you like. Find something you love. Find something you hate and want to change. Do it now. Try it for the first time. Continue doing it.
Do something every day that scares you.
Do you have questions? Ask them.
Do you have hopes? Pursue them.
Do you think you might want something? Try to get it.
The hardest part is starting.