Friday, March 28, 2008

Being a twenty - something

I received this today and I am sure this may be comforting for almost everyone in their twenty's to realize that everyone has their own share of questions and challenges that pop up in their mind and everyone has some of this currently stuck in your mind as you reading this.

No one has their life figured out, but sometimes people tend to think they have and rather than looking within them and facing it they go seeking outside of them. We have one or more of these floating in our heads at this moment. But that is natural and I hope most of you feel at peace that you are not ALONE in this quest. I wish you the best in your journey in exploring and experiencing these.

Being a twenty - something:

It is when you stop going along with the crowd and start realizing that there are many things about yourself that you didn't know and may not like. You start feeling insecure and wonder where you will be in a year or two, but then get scared because you barely know where you are now.

You start realizing that people are selfish and that, maybe, those friends that you thought you were so close to aren't exactly the greatest people you have ever met, and the people you have lost touch with are some of the most important ones. What you don't recognize is that they are realizing that too, and aren't really cold, catty, mean or insincere, but that they are as confused as you.

You look at what you are studying or your job... and it is not even close to what you thought you would be doing, or maybe you are looking for a job and realizing that you are going to have to start at the bottom and that scares you.

Your opinions have gotten stronger. You see what others are doing and find yourself judging more than usual because suddenly you realize that you have certain boundaries in your life and are constantly adding things to your list of what is acceptable and what isn't. One minute, you are insecure and then the next, secure.

You laugh and cry with the greatest force of your life. You feel alone and scared and confused. Suddenly, change is the enemy and you try and cling on to the past with dear life, but soon realize that the past is drifting further and further away, and there is nothing to do but stay where you are or move forward.

You get your heart broken and wonder how someone you loved could do such damage to you. Or you lie in bed and wonder why you can't meet anyone decent enough that you want to get to know better. Or maybe you love someone! but love someone else too and cannot figure out why you're doing this because you know that you aren't a bad person.

Getting wasted and acting like an idiot starts to look pathetic. You go through the same emotions and questions over and over, and talk with your friends about the same topics because you cannot seem to make a decision. You worry about loans, money, the future and making a life for yourself... and while winning the race would be great, right now you are scared just to be a contender!

What you may not realize is that every one reading this relates to it. We are in our best of times and our worst of times, trying as hard as we can to figure this whole thing out.


Emad said...

"You start feeling insecure and wonder where you will be in a year or two, but then get scared because you barely know where you are now."

- Apt!

Anonymous said...

wah hero... you're quick in copying!!!

chitgo said...

Also called the 'quarter life crisis' bro.

Amit Desai said...

anonymous - is our very own sab bhandari for people who didnt figure it out - know him well for his extra witty outbursts :) so thaty why i wrote "i have received this" in the first line before 'sharing' these thoughts :)

dc: which one you relate the most at this stage of your life :)

pedroadrian said...

Nice text :)

Anonymous said...

excellent piece, amit!

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