People who are much older than I am often remark to me how I should enjoy my youth because in 22 years I will, according to them, look back on these…

People who are much older than I am often remark to me how I should enjoy my youth because in 22 years I will, according to them, look back on these years as the best of my life. And true, there are many things about being young that make it enjoyable. But at the same time, for many youth what we experience now is also the hardest (so far); it is the difficulty of being a young person now that will make our generation.   As for me, I don’t believe it’s good to be constantly in some faze of nostalgia. Why look back on one specific chunk of your life as the “best” when you can expand that your entire life? As lame as this may sound, I really do believe in living life one day at a time, because from my experience, it can be lost at a moment’s notice (if we are so lucky to even have such notice). To live life without hang-ups, even if the circumstances of life tell you otherwise, even if the fear of what may happen sometimes outweighs the desire to live each day to its fullest.   As my parents always tell me, “Don’t obsess over the past; you’re only as old as you feel inside, even if your heart, hips, and knees don’t agree”.   -Allyson

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