Some people never leave high school. Sure, they graduate and go on with their lives. But no matter how old they get, the way they think and act remains unchanged from their teenage years.
I’ve come to realize that in order to be able to live life on your own terms, you have to go against the crowd.
You have to be willing to be “uncool.”
You have to be the “loser” that does things by themselves because if you waited around for someone to be available to go see that movie that you’ve been wanting to see or go on that trip you’ve always wanted to take, you might never get to go.
You have to speak up for yourself when someone suggests splitting the restaurant bill when all you ordered was an appetizer.
You have to say “whatever” when someone makes fun of the fact that you don’t own a lot of clothes and you wear the same things over and over again.
You have to learn to endure the line of questioning that comes when people find out you don’t have a job and are taking a chance on pursuing your passions.
You have to be the “party-pooper” that chooses not to get drunk or even drink at all on a night out, even if you insist you’ll have just as much fun anyways.
You have to be strong enough to say “no” to things you don’t want to do, even if people assume you should say “yes” because it’s what they want you to do.
You have to be confident that even though you aren’t in the same place as your friends that own homes, have kids and are married, that there’s nothing wrong or weird about the way that you’ve chosen to live.
You have to go against popular opinion, time and time again, knowing it’d be so much easier if you had it in you to live your life like everyone else.
So maybe we’re not in high school anymore. But sometimes, it sure feels like we still are.