It’s weird to talk about “growing up” especially as I’m nearing my 25th birthday.
Growing up makes me think of the awkward transition from adolescence (which actually comes from the Latin word, adolescere, meaning “to grow up”) to young adulthood.
Lately, however, I’ve started to take the term quite literally. I’ve realized that ‘growing up’ is a life-long progression for anyone who wants to continuously grow into a better version of themselves everyday.
Currently, my ‘growing up’ is learning to not qualify my feelings or opinions with the words “I’m sorry”, learning to demand respect from myself and the people I interact with, but not at the expense of losing my compassion and kindness, and learning to be more firm in removing negative people from my life, no matter how scary and uncomfortable.
I notice that people are so distracted and brought down by things in life they can’t control. Or that people don’t realize they have more control of things than they think (i.e. perspective and responses).
Doesn’t it bring you peace to know that you can improve the quality of your life, substantially, by improving the quality of yourself as a person in this world? You’re in control of WHO you are and HOW that impacts your world. You get to decide if you want to keep making the effort to be a better you, everyday.
There are so many things we can’t control in this world, but striving to be an awesome human being is not one of those things.
This makes me feel incredibly empowered, and I hope it does the same for you.
Stay growing up, forever,