graduated high school. smoked a cigarette. kissed someone.(apart from family) gotten so drunk you passed out. ridden every ride at an amusement park. collected something really stupid. gone to a rock concert. helped someone. gone fishing. watched four movies in one night. gone long periods of time with out sleep. lied to someone. snorted cocaine. failed a class. dealt drugs. been in a car accident. been in a tornado. done hard drugs. watched someone die. been to a funeral. burned yourself. run a marathon. cried yourself to sleep. spent over $200 in one day. flown on a plane. cheated on someone. been cheated on. written a 10 page letter. gone skiing. been sailing. cut yourself had a best friend. lost someone you loved. shoplifted something. been to jail. dangerously close to being in jail. had detention. skipped school. got in trouble for something you didn’t do. stolen books from the library. gone to a different country. dropped out of school. been in a mental hospital. watched the “harry potter” movies. had an online diary. fired a gun. gambled in a casino. had a yard sale. had a lemonade stand. actually made money at the lemonade stand.
been in a school play. taken a lie detector test. swam with dolphins. gone to sea world. voted for someone on a reality tv show. written poetry. read more than 20 books a year. gone to europe. liked someone you shouldn’t have. used a coloring book over age 12. had surgery. had stitches. taken a taxi. seen the washington monument. had more than 5 im’s/online conversations going at once. overdosed. had a drug or alcohol problem. been in a fist fight. suffered any form of abuse. had a hamster. pet a wild animal. used a credit card. gone surfing in california. done “spirit day” at school. dyed your hair. gotten a tattoo. had something pierced. gotten straight a’s. been on the honor roll. known someone with hiv or aids. taken pictures with a webcam. started a fire. gotten caught having/going to a party while parents were gone.
Life is not complex.We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing.
When we were young life was easier, right? I know sometimes it seems that way. But the truth is life still is easy. It always will be. The only difference is we’re older, and the older we get, the more we complicate things for ourselves.
You see, when we were young we saw the world through simple, hopeful eyes. We knew what we wanted and we had no biases or concealed agendas. We liked people who smiled. We avoided people who frowned. We ate when we were hungry, drank when we were thirsty, and slept when we were tired.
As we grew older our minds became gradually disillusioned by negative external influences. At some point we began to hesitate and question our instincts. When a new obstacle or growing pain arose, we stumbled and a fell down. This happened several times. Eventually we decided we didn’t want to fall again, but rather than solving the problem that caused us to fall, we avoided it all together.
As a result, we ate comfort food and drank alcohol to numb our wounds and fill our voids. We worked late nights on purpose to avoid unresolved conflicts at home. We started holding grudges, playing mind games, and subtly deceiving others and ourselves to get ahead. And when it didn’t work out, we lived above our means, bought things we didn’t need, and ate and drank some more just to make ourselves feel better again.
Over the course of time, we made our lives more and more difficult, and we started losing touch with who we really are and what we really need.
So let’s get back to the basics, shall we? Let’s make things simple again