When one of my pieces was recently published, it was hit with barrage of negative comments, which is to be expected when you are even slightly personal on the Internet.
But, what shocked me was how many of these comments were about how I would change my idealistic views when I am older and how my views and ideals could be discredited because I am 20—which, by the way, who would have any idea of my age anyway?
This idea that suddenly, one day, I’m going to wake up and a switch will be flipped where I become crotchety and jaded is something that has never really made any sense to me. Why does the passage of time and the addition of experience automatically mean I’m going to become a more negative person? And why do my current experiences and views not have a place just because I can’t legally buy a drink?
I’m not saying that all of my views are correct, but I do think there is something to be said for the twenty-something perspective (which is, honestly, a big part of Literally, Darling). I know that my views will only continue to grow and change as I get older and some things I will have done in my 20s I will probably have a facepalm about, but I don’t feel I’m stupid or naïve in saying that I will never stop caring.
This feeling of wanting to better the world, to see the world, to understand the world is something that I think is to be admired in people my age, not scoffed at. Even when I’m older, I don’t want to be the type of person who is full of hatred or feels like life kicked me to the curb. And I certainly don’t want to be the type of person who is apathetic.
I’m sure there are plenty of people who would read this and still walk away with the same point of view or mockingly say they’ll love to see how I feel about this when I’m 50, but I will tell you now that I will fight with every fiber of my being against apathy and hatred. I will strive to never stop seeing the good in my life and the good in others and I will try to never discount the opinions of others because they have not lived the experiences I have.
When you discount the experiences of others, you will never truly learn. That is why I love writing so much, I see growth not only in myself, but how much I’ve changed because of others and their experiences.
Youth may be wasted on the young, but it doesn’t mean I won’t try to keep some scraps of my younger self with me.
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