24th Birthday OOTD: Where Has All the Innocence Gone?
A few days ago I was asked when my birthday was. Well, on Monday I thought to myself mulling over my age. Yes, I actually needed a few minutes to recall it… was I turning 25? 23? Ah! 24! Phew!
And it?s so scary thinking about the speed of time. It was literally yesterday when I was throwing a big party to celebrate my 19th birthday! I closed my eyes and they were all there ? my closest friends cheerfully laughing, playfully dancing, finding pleasure in all that we had at this exact and precious moment. And with time rather than enjoying it, it seems that we?ve somewhat stopped paying attention to it. Yes, to the moment. We?ve instead begun awaiting the future way too much, hoping that the best is yet to come ? the dream career, the perfect partner?the picture-perfect house.
dissolved in a sea of pensiveness and pragmatism. It?s time to realise your goals,
which only a few years ago were nothing but a blithe heavenly dream. It?s time
to act rather than hope; it?s time to get out there and beat the competition.
And while fighting for your goals how could you possibly switch off your brain and smile instead? How could you laugh out loud when your mind is way too occupied with thoughts about the ways in which you’ll be repaying your student loans; how could you lightheartedly giggle when you know
that on Monday you have to prepare for the ?biggest meeting of your life??
calf. I snapped back to reality to see a little creature all dressed up in
yellow and blue. A little girl doing her best to get my attention ?Do you want a
candy? You look sad. Ah! And your leggings are weird!? frowning at me.
I was turning 24, but who said I had to wipe out of my life the free-spirited and innocent side I was granted with when I was a child. Yes, the ability to goofily laugh without thinking twice…
The ability to enjoy the moment rather than stare at the future.
To be brave enough to embrace it rather than cautiously think about what is yet to come.
Yes, we’ve somehow managed to repress the carefree and honest side of us to let cynicism and bitterness shine through instead.