It’s funny how today, the 1st of June, we look back at ourselves as children. We share photos of us when we were 3 or 4 and we smile at that innocent, weird-looking kid who is looking straight at the camera with no fears, no regrets, no dreams or wishes, just enjoying that single moment and embracing the beauty of being alive.
What happens with that kid? When do we let go of that child?
Carpe diem! Seize the day!,as the Romans would translate it!
Easy to wish, easy to say, hard to follow, at least all the time. We grow, we go through puberty – well, that’s something hard to endure – then we finish high-school, we go to college, we still have big dreams, then all of the sudden we are walking on thin ice. It’s like we have to wake up from that dream that we have been taught to believe in, that has been built around us and we need to face LIFE! We need to grow up, become adults, get a job, get married, have kids, retire and… you know the drill!
Who made these rules? Why should we follow them? I feel that people are less and less happier, because they still follow these patterns created by an old society. The world is evolving, technology is changing, medicine is going through huge breakthroughs, we are conquering space and defeating distance, so why following the same old patterns when it comes to our journey?
The greatest and most successful people in the world today are college drop-outs, failures in the eyes of society, but guess what – they are ruling the world!
It’s a fact that education has to change first. The way that we were taught to live has nothing to do with the current world. Things that we have learned in school didn’t prepare us for this adulthood. Society has to stop pushing young people in directions that they do not want to go and help them follow their dreams.
Everyone has a talent! That is a fact! Everyone is good at something! Some are fortunate enough to discover that talent when they are very young, some may never find it and other discover it when they are older. So many people have found their way, have found success when they were more than 40 years old – Vera Wang, Henry Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, Charles Darwin, Julia Child, Betty White and even Harland Sanders, the founder of KFC who was 62 when he franchised the brand, selling it for over $12 million 12 years later, at 74 years old.
Everyone has a path and it’s not like if you do not reach the life that you want at 30, your life is over. No, it’s just getting started! If I think about myself 10 years ago, I didn’t have the knowledge, the experience, the tools to do what am I doing now. I couldn’t have done it. This comes with practice and experience. And maybe I had some lessons to learn and some adventures to fulfill, before creating a brand, before feeling the need to pay it forward and inspire other people. I needed to receive that inspiration first!
It all starts with education. That is the core of our growth and our later success. Finding that talent in a child is crucial and not dramatizing everything. So what if someone is not good at a certain subject, so what if someone is not interested in literature and loves math or hates numbers and has a passion for colors? The greatest and most successful people in the world today are college drop-outs, failures in the eyes of society, but guess what – they are ruling the world!
Why force yourself into doing something that you do not want, when you have the power to design the life of your dreams? Why do you care so much about other people? More than you care about your own self? Fuck that, I say! Rediscover that lost Carpe Diem!
Education is free today! If you want to become a pro at something, you can! You can do it in a month, in 3 months, in 1 year, as long as you wish! There are tutorials, lessons, forums, everything that you need to learn in every field! So what is stopping you to follow your dream?
What is stopping you now to bring back that child? To look in her eyes and breath in that confidence, careless, curiosity and desire to discover the world, to explore every corner of it and make the best out of this journey?
The child in you is not dead. She is just sleeping. She is resting very often because she is sad. She feels all this burden you are carrying around and she doesn’t know how to stop it. She wants to laugh, to dream, to play and to feel free once again! Why don’t you let her go?
It’s so much easier to do what you love than force yourself into something just because you were dragged there by opinions of strangers. I don’t really understand the world. Why force yourself into doing something that you do not want, when you have the power to design the life of your dreams? Why do you care so much about other people? More than you care about your own self? Fuck that, I say! Rediscover that lost Carpe Diem!
Save that child, she won’t live forever, you know!