I don’t know whether it’s really our generation, or because my peers are all in this certain stage in their lives (including myself), or the fact that I’m surrounded by such ambitious people. But these days everyone seems to be fighting to make their dreams a reality; getting their head out of the clouds and getting their feet moving on the grounds towards their unforeseeable future.
I spent last weekend at the beach with my blockmates where we spent hours on end discussing the media/communication industry, our eventual place in it and how we’re planning on getting there and leaving our mark. We’re barely hitting our twenties and already so many people have a head start while others are still trying to catch up and figure it out. It seems that now the younger we are the more driven we’ve become. It’s slightly ironic how at 19 I already feel the pressure from the “competition.”
I love seeing my friends accomplish their dreams but honestly, sometimes their successs scares the shit out of me. They are a living and breathing example of dreams being realized. It’s an in-your-face kinda feeling, mockingly saying that you can do the same yet haven’t. But you want to.
Is it me or are quarter life crises replacing mid-life crises?
There’s a Zen Buddhist saying in Eat, Pray, Love about how an oak tree is brought into creation by 2 forces. Firstly, the seed which holds all the promise and potential which grows into the tree. Secondly it’s the future tree itself which wants so badly to exist that pulls the acorn into being. Essentially it is the oak tree that creates the very acorn from which it was born.
Given all my insatiable desires and everything that has been happening these past couple of months it’s comforting to think that somewhere out there my future self is cheering me on, flirting with the Gods to get me a date with opportunity so that I may actualize into the person patiently waiting for my past and present self to arrive.