Letter to a Twenty Somethin: The Value of Time

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A Letter to the Twenty Somethin's: The value of time

BY: OLIVIA SYMONE & FABIOLA MICHEL

Dear Twenty Somethin's,

Time is one of the most important concepts you will have to grasp. Try to understand early the value of time, not the speed of time.

We all were put here on earth for a reason and we have things to do, people to meet, and dreams to reach. Understand that time is precious and every breath you take is important. Live your life to the fullest, and find what makes you happy early. The past, present, and future are what we use to measure success, failure, and clarity. Use the past as something that needed to happen in order for you to be who you are today. Use the present to be grateful of how far you’ve come, and use the future as motivation accomplish your purpose.

Don’t compare yourself.  Stay in your own lane, run your own race, and go at your own pace. Part of that means not letting comparison get the best of you.

Comparing yourself to others will rob you of your own journey and experiences. It will have you thinking you’re not good enough and that the next person is better. All of these are lies from the enemy! For the millennial generation, social media plays a huge role in all of this. One of the things that my pastor always says is that people let you see what they want you to see and not behind the scenes. They won’t show you behind the scenes struggles so all you have to compare are the illusion that makes it look as if they’re life is perfect! Don’t do it is, it will rob you of your joy and process; trust the process!

The fact is, you may not have it all during your twenties. I always laugh at how when I was younger I thought I had it all figured out. I always told myself that by the age of 22 I would be done with my Bachelor’s degree, by 24 I would have my Master’s by 25 I would be married, and by 26 (and no later than), I would have my first child. But, boy was I so wrong! As much as I laugh at my young naïve self for this ridiculous timeline, I bet God laughed even harder! It is so funny how we think that we know it all. Just when we start to get comfortable, God says “It’s time to shake things up”, and boy does he shake things up! I say all this to say that it is okay to not have it all together. Our predecessors tell us that we should have it all together, but truth is, they didn’t have it all together themselves! Our twenties are a time for us to enjoy our youth, get to know and fall in love with ourselves, and share awesome experiences with the ones we cherish the most. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with laying the foundations for our futures, but just know that if you don’t get it right the first time around, its okay! Enjoy your twenty-somethings to the fullest because you won’t get that time back!