Goodbye soon, 20s!

So…yeah. I just turned 29 today which means I only have an entire year to relish being in my 20s. I am pretty sure we all have that delusion that we could stay young forever. Remember when you’re 13 and thought that 20, the end of your teenage years, is still a long way? And BAM! Being 20 is already 9 years behind you.

And you keep asking yourself, when did that happen? How did I end up here? You simply can’t believe that time really does fly fast. And boy does it pass you by like an express train!

Being in our 20s is the most exciting stage of our lives. It is during this time that we get to experience for the first time how to be free and independent and begin to make selfish decisions and try to shape the life we want to live. We get to study what we want, gain new knowledge, experience failures and successes, afford to hastily hop from one job to another, fall in love and deal with true heartbreak, travel and see new places, take leaps of faith, experiment, do crazy stuff, meet new people, create new friendships and get involved in all sorts of complicated relationships. It is that time when we desperately try to figure out who we are and what we want to become.

I think being in our 20s is a tricky phase. It’s just right after that stage when we are filled with shooting-for-the-stars ambitions and we think we got it all figured out and have that false sense of invincibility. And we step out and face the real world with so much hope and confidence and with ‘I got this’ attitude. Then reality slaps you hard and you realize how naive you really are about how life actually works. And this hurts. And it could eventually run down your spirits.

Now, you’re thrust in a dilemma choosing between being practical and passion. The former gives you comfortable, easy, more structured, straightforward life but usually kills passions. The latter however requires more of risk-taking but will ultimately show how bold and courageous you are and will develop better character out of you. And this could also lead to something really fruitful in the end.

Bottom line, we just need to figure out how important money is to us. It really is mostly about money, let’s just get this straight. Only a question of how much or how little we give value to it. Only then we would know what to do. Sometimes passions have to die to make us realize how greatly incomplete we are when they’re gone regardless of how financially rewarding or compromising it is. On the other hand, being practical isn’t a bad choice either. Playing it safe in life is a privilege that shouldn’t be taken against anyone.

I guess we all share one thing: we are scared to be where we are right now and realize we are still directionless. But you can still do something about it. As long as you’re still breathing, you have the power to change the course of your life.

Remember, we have not the promise of tomorrow. The past remains unchanged. But today, really, is all we can ask for. You simply have to make a choice.

In the meantime, I am in Boracay right now all by myself (Mr. Solitary Traveler is at it yet again!). I’m celebrating my birthday in this beautiful island until Sunday. That’s four days of relaxing, unwinding and hopefully I can get away from contemplating too much about life! Pictures will follow when I get back home. Cheers! 🙂

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