Motivational Monday: You're Only As Old As You Feel

Monday, 9 March 2015

“Sometimes I feel incredibly disconnected, really uncomfortable in my own skin, or kind of like I don’t fit into this world. Like I was born at the wrong time and I don’t belong.” 
- Haley James Scott, One Tree Hill
From the moment I first heard this quote while watching OTH, I instantly related to it because it's how I've almost always felt. I always felt like I was born at the wrong time, and I never really belonged. At least not with people my own age.

This isn't a unhappy story. It's just one of realization that the saying is true, "you're only as old as you feel." When I was in highschool, things went downhill for me, friend-wise, and it wasn't easy to have to go to a place where for my last two years there, I didn't have any friends. But when I look back at that time in my life, I realize I wasn't too bothered by it at the time because I knew when I got home, that my step sister, Tasha, would be there. She became the person I looked forward to hanging out and spending my time with. She's four years younger than I am, and I guess the more time I spent around her, the more I felt on her level than of the people around me.

It's a weird thing that people, namely me, get into their head that when you're a certain age, you should have experienced different things by that age. I'm constantly catching myself thinking things like, "I'm already 26, and I haven't been in a relationship!".."I'm 26, and if only I figured out years ago about this and that, I could've been more successful today." It's dangerous to think that way, and whenever I do, I chastise myself. You may not like the path you took to get to where you are today, but what's in the past is past and you can only move forward. As they say, age is only a number and you're only as old as you feel. Anytime I start to think that way now, I just remind myself of that saying, shake it off and move on.

Your life is yours! You can do with it what you want. I allowed myself to get stuck in a job I hated for years, years that I now feel like I wasted. But it's gotten me to where I am now, and now I know what I want and what I need to accomplish it. Anytime that age old negative thinking starts, remind yourself of this, and know that whatever you want in life, you can have it. You just have to go for it and give it a try. If it doesn't work out, than that's another lesson learned. If it does, than wasn't it worth the try!

Thanks for reading!!


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