Ever found yourself in one of those situations where you need to find an adult who is more of an adult than you are?
I think I’m just starting to figure out that we’re all looking.
It’s probably not limited to being in your twenties, but I find it’s a strange place to be – some people your age still live at home, with no bills, no worries and no immediate prospects, and others seem to have a house with a mortgage, an honours degree, two years of experience in the Peace Corps and one foot in social justice reform and another on the ladder to CEO stardom. No wonder it’s tempting sometimes to delete all social media and put another episode of Suits on. Figuring out your place isn’t easy.
But that place, I’m starting to realise, doesn’t stay the same anyway.
Situations and circumstances and people and a million other things influence the things that you think about, the things that you care about, the things that you’re passionate about. The books that you read, the places that you travel and the people you choose to have conversations with… they can nudge and question and spark what’s important to you. What you think should change in the world; what you think you could change in the world.
Those little ideas that bubble gently around your mind – or the ones that crash loudly begging to be heard – you can’t always just put them on hold, until “the time is right”. Life doesn’t work that way. The things you care deeply about when you’re 18 might not be a priority by the time you’re 24, or 30, or 50. But that doesn’t mean they are unimportant at the time. I think it’s the complete opposite. Because if we always wait until we have more time, or for someone else to tell us it’s ok, or for someone else to take the lead – nothing would ever change. And there are a hell of a lot of things worth trying to change out there. So if you think something’s worth it, stop waiting. Stop looking for someone more intelligent, or someone more respected. They’re all looking for someone else too. They might even be looking for you. So just do it. While you can.