Some say that we face insurmountable hurdles, left behind as the price of our parent’s prosperity.
Some young people have started to listen, claiming they’ve been cheated, claiming their education will get them nowhere, claiming they’ll never find success of the same caliber as that of their parents and grandparents.
These kids blame the system, they blame the government, they blame the circumstances, and they adhere to just one mindset: pessimism.
I’ve learned that I live by a much different state of mind.
I’ve learned that I believe in the time-tested ability of motivated people to be better than their circumstances.
I have learned that I will not be one of those kids and I will be much more than a child of “generation screwed.”
I’ve learned that summers drag on when you’re not at school. Every song, every smell, every person that walks by you reminds you of someone or something in the place where you’re heart still sleeps. You dream every night of the landscape you once saw and the people who once surrounded you.
I’ve learned that it’s really hard to explain who you’ve become over the course of a year to people who didn’t go through it with you. There are certain things you just “get” about each other after you face the world together and come out in one piece on the other side.
I’ve learned that it’s hard to say goodbye to someone you love or really, really care about. They’ve been indecisive, they’ve lead you on, they’ve even made promises they can’t keep, but you still want them with all your heart. You know the minute you walk away, they’ll come right back and make it even harder for you to leave.
I’ve learned that some people who lie to your face, don’t do it intentionally, but do it because they are very insecure about who they are. They try so hard for people to like them that they often appear as someone they are not and change in the blink of an eye later on down the road. It’s weird, and frankly obnoxious, but can you blame them? Life is intimidating, and sometimes your face just isn’t good enough to get what you want out of it.
I’ve learned that college is more expensive than I could have ever prepared for or imagined. I don’t know if I will be able to stay at the place I love, but I sure hope that I can if I work hard enough.
I’ve learned that it’s worth spending a little extra money to have the tools that enable you to be successful and efficient. Like when the backspace, shift key, left side mouse clicker, battery, and parts of the body of your laptop start falling off and it’s running like a hundred-year-old tortoise with nowhere to be, it’s time to look at other options. Get something that knocks your socks off with its capabilities. You’ll thank yourself every single day for doing it.
I’ve learned that some nights, I stay up cashing in my bad luck. Some nights, I call it a draw. I’ve learned that we might not have any money, but we’ve got our love to pay the bills. I’ve learned that when you smile at the ground, it ain’t hard to tell, you don’t know you’re beautiful.
I’ve learned that certain songs can define a year.