It’s a coming of age story. Eventually we must make the transition and seek knowledge and truth for ourselves. Of course; not everyone makes this transition at the same pace, but it is an essential step in everyone’s life to gain the sense of independence.
It’s ironic, as children we often wish for adulthood. Now, as adults, we sometimes wish for the simplicity of being a child; less accountability, less responsibility, and someone to do the hard work for us.
It’s often tough to find consistency in independence; some days you’re just not feeling it. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned since coming of age was that anyone can be brilliant in spurts; it’s the ones who bring that dedication and hard work every single day that set them apart. Consistency is still something I struggle with. It’s a bit of a paradox; I know my potential, yet struggle to reach it day in and day out.
Oddly enough, I like to compare my life to that of the Edmonton Oilers: a young, wildly talented group who just can’t seem to win consistently. They too, are coming of age. I have noticed spurts of greatness from this young core; whether it’s Nugent-Hopkins getting a hat trick or Nail Yakupov firing some one-timers into the back of the net. The issue with this young core of Oilers players isn’t talent, or dedication: its consistency. This is something that a large percentage of young adults struggle with. The issue isn’t unique to anyone; you’re not alone in having a hard time adjusting to adulthood on the fly.
It’s been said that humans often wish for what they can’t have; so let’s make the most of our opportunity. Most of us are just starting to carve out our niche in this world. Let’s embrace this independence and be the best individual we can be. Through independence we can gain our own understanding of this world and form our own opinions.
You see, our entire lives have been shaped by people making decisions for us: what class to take, what to believe, what to eat, what hobbies to have. Now is the time for us to make our own decisions, and become that person we’ve always wanted to become. For me, the opportunity of independence led to me discovering my artistic side. Whether its career choice, painting pictures, or writing poetry, I don’t think I would have done these things had these decisions be made for me. I know I certainly would not be writing these articles and would not have taken the opportunity to become future Editor-in-Chief. So use this opportunity to try new things and truly find out for yourselves what you enjoy and what you don’t enjoy. Don’t allow previous misconceptions or others’ opinions ruin something for you that you’ve never attempted for yourself.
Find yourself; be unique and form your own path on this earth. Human life is such a delicate thing, so why live in someone else’s conception of how it ought to be? The truth is that no one has all of the answers; we just use the best running theory of how it should be. Stand on your own two feet, you may be surprised at how enjoyable life can be.
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