Dr. Seuss knew what was up since 1990.
One of my graduation gifts was a copy of his book, ‘Oh, the Places You’ll GO!’ (corny, but insightful).
Most of us were familiar with this book when we were younger, but as I read it now, it’s so much more damn understandable at 22 than it was at 6. I never thought I would relate so much to a children’s book, except for maybe the Harry Potter series, but in my own personal opinion those books are a series for all ages, but that’s a discussion for another post.
I’ve found myself being very happy recently from all different things like shopping, reading, hanging out with friends- basically jut doing things solely to please myself. And I’m really enjoying my internship at this super cool firm in Old City, Cashman & Associates. Life seems to going pretty great. Emphasis on the pretty.
Everything starts to go really great, until that little voice in your head comes creeping in at night asking you “What are you doing?”. And not the kind of ‘what are you doing?’ where you would answer ‘Just watching tv, hbu?’ to, but a very, very intense question of ‘What are you doing?’.
When I start to accredit my happiness to different things, this voice makes me consider all the reasons I shouldn’t be happy and why I should be more concerned about my current stance in this thing called life. I won’t deny that it’s exceptionally hard to shut this annoying voice up, but sometimes, you just have to. You have to because that wave of panic and fear of ‘what now?’ and the future will swallow you up and change your entire being. I don’t know how the future can scare us so much, as it’s something so unpredictable and so full of possibility, and something that hasn’t even happened yet! But it does, it scares the crap out of most of us. And to be honest, if you deny being afraid of the future, you’re in a much worse place than the rest of us who are admitting it because you’re not facing it, you’re running from it.
Don’t worry if you’re not exactly where you want to be, or you’re not where you think you should be at this age. Take this time in the present to decide what kind of person you want to be in the future, I think that would be significantly helpful in figuring out where you should be in the world of adulting because if you’re not exactly the kind of person you want to be now, you may never find something you love. In the words of Nada Surf, “To find someone (something) you love, you gotta be someone ya love”. So be the person you want to be and don’t worry about the other stuff for now.
Some days are hard, we all have bad days. But let this excerpt from Suess’ book give you some comfort in the unknown.
“Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing.With banner flip flapping, once more you’ll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you’re that kind of guy! Oh, the places you’ll go!”
We’re all gonna find our way, and kudos to those of you who already have, but some of us are just taking a small detour called life!