“I want to be forever young, do you really want to live forever?”
Every senior has that moment where it finally hits you that by this time next year you have to be a real adult.
Not that we aren’t adults now, but the school takes care of a lot for us (and that’s not even mentioning the fact that many of us aren’t fully responsible for paying for college ourselves). We have to face the reality that it is time for us to grow up.
Then why as I stare that reality down do I just want to stay young forever? I think it has something to do with what everyone tells us while we’re in college.
“These are the best years of your life; don’t let them go too quickly.” I think every college student has heard that before, and it’s not a good thing to tell us.
When I hear that, the first thing I think is “man this really is it. It’s all downhill from here.” That doesn’t have to be the case. There’s still plenty out there to enjoy.
For the past four years, I’ve been trying to speed my life up and get ready for the real world. I missed out on so much, and there are so many opportunities I missed that I’ll never get again. If I could go back and join Alpha Phi Omega a year earlier I would absolutely have rushed a year earlier. I’ve loved my time in the service fraternity; I just wish I had more.
Even though I missed so much, I don’t think I want to be young forever. I want to grow up and have a life. I’m excited to leave college, and I know a lot of seniors who aren’t really excited for that.
I want to be young in a different way. I don’t want to stay as a college senior forever, but I do want to keep broadening my horizons. I want to be young in that I keep trying new things and never let myself get stuck in a rut.
Young people are happy to switch careers and try new things. That’s what I want in life; I want to be happy with changing things up and trying new things all the time. The only time I’ve ever done this is actually with this paper. If you told me three years ago I’d be writing for the paper and a section editor I would’ve laughed in your face, but I took a leap of faith trying something new and I’ve loved every minute of it.
I never want to feel burned out at my job to the point where I hate it. I’ve been a videographer in one way or another for eight years now; I’ve had burnout, but I never stopped. I love videography that much, but if I ever feel like I can’t do it anymore, I’ll know it’s time for something new. When I edit a video I still get that feeling of excitement and I know that I have to keep editing videos as it’s still what I love.
That’s the kind of young I aspire to be. When you ask me “do you really want to live forever?” The answer is no; I want to grow up and improve as a person. I just want to make sure I don’t lose sight of who I can be when I grow up.
Mostly, I want to make sure I don’t miss out on opportunities anymore, and I can live the best possible version of my life. That’s how I’ll be forever young.
~Michael Innacelli, Sports Editor & Managing CNUTV Editor~