On Happy Endings
Ideal happy ending, based on my childhood. Not in this real world though.
Daily Prompt: “And they lived happily ever after.” Think about this line for a few minutes. Are you living happily ever after? If not, what will it take for you to get there?
First of all, who is “they”? Right now, it just seems like it’s just me. Alone, but not lonely. Alone, not in the sense that I have no friends or people who love me, but in the sense that this year has been full of reflection time and I’ve changed so much over the last couple of months that I feel totally different. My priorities and my perspectives have shifted. There seems to be just one dominant voice in my head (mine) echoing in a collection of thoughts. Sometimes I get semi-paranoid because it’s just my opinion, distorted and volatile.
Am I living happily ever after? Well, my story isn’t finished yet. I’m just at the beginning of what I hope will be a long, fulfilling life. I’m still in high school, which I always regard as just a stepping-stone in my life. Metaphorically, my decisions will decide whether or not I stay on the correct path. At least, that’s what it seems like. The pressures of high school are starting to get to me. Everywhere, people emphasize that the trivial choices I make everyday determine who I am in the future, especially where I go to college.
It saddens me somewhat that so much of what we do in our teenage years impacts our future. Who are we, hormonal, moody teens? Do we know what we want, or do we just listen to what others tell us? How do we get there? What if we aren’t mature enough to discipline ourselves to reach our personal goals? And even if we eventually come to realize the big picture and the “objective,” what happens if we don’t take a step back soon enough? What if we’re too late?
All around me I see burnt-out people. People who don’t have any motivation or inspiration to do what they love. It seems like we’ve all been brainwashed into mindless, emotionless robots. Okay, exaggerating slightly. No doubt we all have our aspirations and our passions, and I question whether or not these zeals are valid or just hopeful, childish wishing, but in doing a little risk calculus, a lot of people decide not to invest too much in activities that might not work out in the long run.
I think a lot of them COULD work though, provided that it’s a mature, rational passion. Does such a thing even exist though? Who knows. I certainly don’t.
We should be more daring.
THIS. IS. DARING.
^What do you think I’m referring to though?
Happy endings, right. “Happily ever after.” My opinion? No, I’m not at that stage yet. Maybe I’m veering off that path a tad bit as well, distracted by everyday problems and immature desires. What it will take me to get there? A whole lot of discipline, reflection, and sacrifice.
We’ll get there soon enough.
You should know my mom audibly said “ooooooh” when she saw this. I think Little Mermaid might be one of her most favorite movies. Just thought you should know. :)
Well – I guess you will probably think that I’m REALLY OLD. I’m 51 years old, and I have to tell you that if you hadn’t said so, I wouldn’t have guessed you were a teenager. Your answer to this prompt was very mature… in some ways more mature than some of the adults who answered this prompt. As for your choices affecting the rest of your life, this is true – but it’s always been true. Whether you’re 5 or 15 or 50, the choices we make today will have impact on our lives tomorrow, but that doesn’t have to be scary. You sound like you have your head on pretty straight, so I pray that even when you make mistakes in your life (and we all do), you will pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep going… and in those instances when you’re just too weak to pick yourself up (we all experience that too), just cry out to Jesus, and He will pick you up, clean you up and send you on your way. God bless you – I really enjoyed reading your post!
Wow, for some reason I just got the notification for this comment! But I want to answer it anyways. Thank you so much for your kind words; I’m glad you enjoyed my post. I hope that as I get older the goals in life, the important things get clearer. We all need a little something to depend upon :)
“Well, my story isn’t finished yet,” I loved your take!
You’re still young enough to not be brainwashed into doing a job who don’t like! If you can follow a career path that inspires you…. DO IT!!! I’m only 30, and I already sound like an old person, wishing I’d ‘stuck in at school’. I’m not unhappy with my life, but if I understood when I was younger how interesting some subjects were I’m sure I’d be on a different path from where I am now.
Thankfully I still have a good amount of passion for the activities that I love! And, they are relatively reasonable professions to pursue! Thanks for the encouragement! :)