“How much possibility lay before me”
I’m sure by now everyone has heard the essay from Mary Schmich entitled “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young”. Most have heard it from the lyrics to the popular “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” song by Baz Luhrmann. Anyway I go back to listen to it from time to time and it seems that each time I listen to it, more and more of it hits close to home. I become more familiar with what Mary is talking about.
This time around, the part that resonates with me the most is “But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.”
I’m not saying I’ve gained an enormous amount of weight or anything (I’ve probably lost weight actually). It’s just that there are possibilities that I realize I no longer have. As I have become older, I realize how true it is that when I was younger, there was truly an infinite amount of possibility before me. It seems that every door was open. Now I look at myself and realize that my path is becoming narrower and narrower. As the years have passed and I have chosen specific doors to open, in turn other doors have closed. It almost seems that for every path I take, two other paths get grown over with weeds. Is it a bad thing? I’m actually not sure yet. What I am sure about is that the answer will reveal itself as time passes whether I want it to or not.