I've found that growing up means being honest. About what I want. What I need. What I feel. Who I am.
- EpiphanyIf you ever feel like you are stuck with whatever choices you make when you're young, please remember that: Van Gogh didn't start painting until his 20′s, Alan Rickman got his first movie role at age 46, Kentucky Fried Chicken was launched when Colonel Sanders was 65, Charles Darwin was going to be a preacher, Mick Jagger studied accounting and finance, J.K. Rowling was 32 when Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published.
12 years of school, 4 years of uni, and more to come for Masters and Ph.D. I don't educate myself to end up cooking for you. #wouldyoumarryagirlwhocan'tcook
People tell me I'm lucky. I'm like, you don't even know what I had to go through to get here.
My 20's aren't my selfish years. My 20's are my hustle decade. Finish school, get money, pay back my loans, establish myself, work hard to create the foundation of a good life so that I can enjoy what's coming next. Like yes, I'd love to backpack across India or something, but I'm broke! I have bills! I could quit my job, take my meager savings and go on a 2 month trip, and then what? No job, no home cause I got kicked out for not paying rent, lmao. Enough. Maybe your 20's were the fun-time years decades ago but not anymore. Don't feel like you're wasting your life because you're not hitchhiking in Europe or something. You're doing fine. You're doing what you can, and that's all that matters.
You ask what I have done with my life. Why I am 22 with so many unfinished selves. So many futures I could not commit to. But you don't know how much of my time has been spent keeping myself alive.