Cookie Cutter Lives

Ok, so I am sitting here now listening to an artist that I always seem to forget about but completely love when I listen to him…Elton John ( I can feel your judgments)..haha. And I’m thinking about how funny it is that many of us have our lives figured out when we are old enough to walk. We all want to go through high school, make it to college, have a blast in college all the while getting top of the chart grades, and then graduate with a dream job and have your white-picket fence and that “ Leave it to Beaver” kind of family. But what if that’s not the end all, do all? What if some of us want something completely different, something that doesn’t follow that straight arrow life that so many people hope for and strive for? Does that make you crazy? Does it come across like you’re afraid to grow up and afraid to accept the “responsibilities” of real life?

This, for myself, has been something I’ve been really struggling with the past few months, or the “dark ages” as I’d like to put it. You have the absolute time of your life in college, and then once you graduate, your old, crazy ways of “living up the weekend” turn into movie nights every night with your cat and parents…hypothetically speaking;) It’s not that I haven’t accepted the fact that I’m out of college, and to be quite honest, I’m actually happy about closing that chapter in my life (mostly due to the fact that I gained 15 lbs. my senior year due to an overdose of late night jalapeno poppers, but you get my point). I graduated college with this weird feeling of having total freedom; of not having to follow that cookie cutter way of life that I’ve experienced up until this point.

Graduation meant infinite possibilities and endless opportunities…this was the time I would look back on when I was 85 years old and say “HOLY MOSES, was I crazy back then.” Think about it, you can go anywhere and do absolutely anything you’ve ever wanted to and you don’t have to answer to anyone about why you want to do what you want to do! (the excuse? You’re in your 20’s and are still young and indecisive and scared of the real world, but whatever works for you). Sure, there’s that minor detail of having a job out of college so you can attempt to start digging your way out of school loans, but that does not, in any way, constrain you from doing something that you want to do, for you and only you. Even if you’re making just enough money to get by, you HAVE to take advantage of this time and do what’s right for you. I’m clearly no life coach…I can barely get a hold of what I want eat for lunch let alone knowing what I want to do for the rest of my life….and I certainly do not have decades of experiences that testify to this, but what I do know, is that I want every second of my life to be remarkable.

Like anyone, I worry about how much money I will make and where I will live when I’m older, but for now, for this time being, all I want is to achieve the utmost happiness every single day of my life, no matter what I’m doing. New experiences are richer than any amount of money you make at a job, and, (CAUTION, super corny line ahead) there is no price you can put on LIVING LIFE.

So what are you doing reading this? GO LIVE IT

(Just kidding about the reading part, please keep reading my blog, you can live your life later)