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Don’t rush growing up

As children, we spend most of our lives wishing to be older.

We watched thosewho were older than us and dreamed of the day our birthday cake would have the same amount of candles as theirs.

When I was 15, I longed to be 16; when I was 17, I longed to be 18.

And even still, I anxiously await my birthdays as I progress in years.

Age signifies opportunity and growth. Doors are opened as we get older.

I think sometimes, though, throughout my own life I have wished away my years with too much haste. It is only when I look back that I wish I was content with where I was.

The simplicity of youth is something that will never be able to be replicated once it has been outgrown.

I am still very young and have a lot of milestones to complete, but I still look back at my years where I had little substance to worry about and wish I wouldn’t have spent them wishing I was older.

It is a common theme, longing for new seasons of life. Most of us, as college students, are looking ahead at our careers that we are working towards.

And while it is very important to plan and think about what is ahead, it is also just as important to appreciate where we are currently whether it is good or bad.

Appreciating what is good is a much easier task, but it is through appreciating what is bad and allowing ourselves to embrace where we are that we can truly grow.

Bad places will eventually fade into good places in time. Growing older does not mean things will get easier.

On the contrary, as you get older, more is expected of you and situations become more difficult.

However, with age comes life experience and the ability to empathize and see things differently, things that are very profitable.

It is important to be aware of where life has led currently and allow it to soak in.

Don’t strive to be older or different, just walk the path and accept where it leads.

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