The Joy of Missing Out

Last night, I visited a night club close to my campus for the first time.

As someone who doesn’t drink for personal reasons, it was beyond an interesting experience.

I didn’t fully understand what people were referring to when they said college is a 4-year long party until last night.

Not to disparage those who find ‘going out’ a fun experience, I found it to be the opposite. After talking to some friends who frequent these social gatherings more often I learned, they don’t either.

Naturally, I asked them why do they do it?

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Impatience

Where does impatience come from?

na·ive·té – (n) lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment.

When I’m impatient I feel like I should have something I don’t have right now. It can be a materialistic good, a job, or a physical attribute. It can also be internal attributes like peace of mind, charisma, or humor.

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Alone

What do you think about when you’re alone?

Are your thoughts positive? Negative? Do you get bored?

Something I’ve been thinking a lot about recently is what happens when you have the freedom to do the things you want to do when you want to do them.

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Stop classifying yourself

Ever since we were young we were asked, what do you want to be when you grow up?

At the time, I gave the answer that the person asking wanted to hear: doctor, engineer, pilot, astronaut…

Those professions were also the only ones I knew at the time, my understanding of the world was limited. It still is. 

The people I loved told me I could be anything.

What they forgot to tell me is that ‘anything’ could be myself.

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