A Piece from Ward…#7

Young Adult Part 2 – DO you remember times in your early adulthood when you thought you were beginning to figure life out. You’d seen the mistakes and pitfalls of others in your friend group, your family, or portrayed on some form of media that lead you to an “AH-HA!” moment. Suddenly, it became clear the path to take, career to have, school to attend, or person to pursue that would fulfill your desires and make the pieces of your life fit together. You were figuring out the age-old question, “What do you want out of life.”

The iconic Ferris Bueller (he must be iconic if 30 years after the movie his motif is being used in a pizza ad campaign) said “life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it.” This is some fantastic young adult wisdom. Our late teen / college / post college years are SO FULL of discovery; more options, more opportunities, more life to be lived. My college sociology teacher defined power as the number of opportunities someone had available to them. Opportunities for education, employment, housing, social movement, ect begin to rapidly expand as a young adult and the feeling of being more powerful as a young person is invigorating. The borders of your world are ever-expanding.

2017 young adults literally have the world at their fingertips. With technology and globalization they see life opening doors of possibilities for them at an astounding pace. It has always been this way for each generation as technology has been moving forward – but it is safe to say the last 20 years have truly opened up the world to more people than ever. Young adults are smart enough to know what could be theirs, but rarely equipped to handle as many pieces as the want due to a combination of things: their own immaturity, parental discretion, and in most cases parental restriction. But as the puzzle of your life begins or began to multiply and shift around the order of important pieces –how did you grow internally to handle the ever-expanding borders? Life as an adult, the life we want to live to the fullest is shaped by so many decisions we made as 18, 22, and 26 year olds. No matter those decisions, you have today to be your best. Today can be lived out, every piece of your life richer, fuller, and healthier than the last. Tomorrow will get here in its own time – enjoy each piece of life today and don’t miss it.


One thought on “A Piece from Ward…#7

  1. Julie Landi TPG

    This is so great. I love sociology. Malcolm Gladwell is one of my favorite contemporary authors. It is altogether fascinating to see how we are being moved along. Thank you for the reminder to remain in the moment so that may be fully enjoyed otherwise what are we striving for?


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