Go to high school. Go to college. Get a job. Start a family. Work. Consume. Work. Consume. Work. Die. That’s it? That’s life? I don’t know about you, but I am not okay with that. I had always been slightly bothered by this concept that we’re “supposed” to be following some sort of plan. What about the lovers? The dreamers? What about the beings with their head in the clouds, and no intention on coming down? What about the free spirits and the wild hearts, who can’t be bothered to be tamed?
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It seems as though beings who go against the grain are frowned upon. “What? You don’t plan on getting married or starting a family?” No, in fact, I don’t. “What are you doing with your life?” Umm…living? “When do you plan on settling down?” Never. (:
The last time I visited my best friend from high school, I realize that we are just in different places in our lives. She’s practically married (which isn’t saying much – the majority of the people I graduated high school with are married with multiple kids – and this started directly after they graduated), has her own life to live and I don’t see her much anymore, sadly. We went out to dinner (which was terrible, by the way) and she asked me when I was ever going to “settle down.” The only thing I could think is, “Why should I?” Perhaps I don’t have an “ultimate plan.” I haven’t dreamt up my perfect house with a white picket fence circling a beautiful green yard and fruitful garden. I can’t image watching my two beautiful children picking up rocks, only to discover what life forms live below us, and I don’t envision myself rocking back and forth on the porch swing with my handsome husband, watching the sun set. Why? I’m unconventional, I guess.
Am I missing something? Is that such a bad thing? I don’t believe so.
I think one of the most important things about life is living for yourself. It’s what being a TRU being is all about. Don’t want to pursue higher education? Don’t. You can always go to school later in life, if you want to. Don’t feel like working a 9-5 job? Don’t. Find something that makes you happy and find out how to make money from it. I don’t much see a point in drudging through life at full time job that makes you absolutely miserable. And for what? I believe Emily Haines of Metric says it best in Handshakes – “Buy this car to drive to work. Drive to work to pay for this car.” It’s a vicious cycle, and at some point, you’ve got to break that. Otherwise, you’ll be sixty years old, wondering where in the hell your life went to.
This month at The Radical Uprise, I intend on discussing topics relating to dreams, imagination, wanderlust, “unconventional” living, and the importance of keeping your head in the clouds.