When you’re little, growing up seems like the most exciting thing to do. All you can think about is “I can’t wait until I’m older and I can….” or “I wish I was older so I could do this…”, when you’re little you just can’t grow up quick enough.
I was the same, I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to go outside and play with my friends without having to stay in sight of my house (my friends were older so I was always being the one holding them back). I couldn’t wait until I could be old enough to travel to different cities for concerts or to see friends without my parents saying I couldn’t. No matter what age I got to, it still wasn’t good enough. I wanted to be older so I could do everything!
I’m now 18 years old, and I realise that everything my parents or older family and friends told me about growing up too quickly was true. I wonder how many people in the world spent so much of their childhoods wishing to grow older that maybe they ignored how free it can be to be a child.
There are so many things to enjoy before you get older, and I’m still young and have learnt to stop wishing my life away. Embrace the days you have, and no matter what age you are those days can be amazing and they can be tough. It’s important to embrace the good times and learn from the bad times, and become stronger as a person, like I know many people around me have done.
Nobody knows what the future holds and if you spend your life wishing it away, then do you ever truly live? Yes, when you’re young you can’t wait to grow up, and you will, but there’s time for that later, just enjoy whatever part of life you’re in as of right now. The future is important to think about, but living in the now and being happy is even more important.
I can’t wait for the future but it also scares me a lot to think of, there’s so many things I’m yet to experience. Everyone gets older each day no matter who they are, so don’t worry and just live for today. These precious moments are something you’ll never get back, so embrace them while you can. There’s always time to grow up, don’t wish it all away.