Forever 21

Thursday, August 14, 2014

When I went to a tree planting activity more than a month ago, I met two amazing ladies who both came from my hometown. They were few years older than me; successfully working for big companies, big hearted, passionate and free-spirited. I was engaged with them, and I listened to them very well. One shared, "When I was 21, I was filled with ideals and dreams! I believed my voice matters and I thought all things are possible and every opportunity is out there waiting for me." Then the other replied, "But when you're already 25, you would understand reality better and laugh at yourself.”  That captured me, so I asked “I am 21, and I feel exactly that way. Do you think I will outgrow this feeling?”. “Well... it happened to us!."

At this point of my life, I have to admit that the only things I possess some rays of sunshine, my dreams, ideals, my hopes. I may have a couple of experiences but I am still awkward most of the time. I find everything on too exaggerated, but I believe I will go places and live life to the fullest. I still pray for world peace and I think about coffee farmers every time I enjoy my cup of coffee on random afternoons. I criticise our government once in a while, but I still have hopes that my country will become a developed one someday. I still believe that more trees should be planted and that life is just so beautiful. Hee! I enjoy all the baby steps of my first job no matter how boring it gets, because it might lead me to become a diplomat one day.

Meanwhile, I could not dismiss the fact that those two ladies were not the first and only people who shared such sentiments. I am thankful to them for they honestly shared a humbling wisdom. I have talked to a lot of people, back on the ground, in the so-called real world, who shared, perhaps warned me about what's waiting out there--a world ready to shatter your dreams, to leave your expectations unmet and any proof that life is tough and life is hard. It is going to be one heck of a life…consumed.

I thought about all these things. I have to admit that my initial response was fear that time might also come for me to experience reality enough, and I would never perceive life the same. Yesterday, I just turned 22... I spent a couple of minutes jotting down all of the things I am thankful to God for… I realised that I have come to live a life with the God who has never, never, failed me yet…

Now, I want to speak right into your heart... I don’t know what kind of reality you are living in now, or on what degree reality has swallowed you already, but know that passions are timeless. Please keep rolling your sleeves up, and clench your fist still for the things that you love. If you find yourself caught up in less, it is time to challenge the status quo. Work each day towards your goals, because God has set a great destiny for you and me, a destiny secured in a world that hinders. Keep Him as your source of strength and hope, press on and finish the race that is marked out for you! If this is how being 21 feels like, then resolve to feel like 21 forever no matter how many digits you add up to your years.

Even youths grow tired and weary; and young men stumble and fall;
 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;  they will run and not grow weary,    
they will walk and not be faint. 
Is. 40:30-31

Haha, by the way, sorry for such a horrible title, I could not think of anything at the moment! :*



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  1. You have a heart of an angel
    And the spirit of an eagle.
    Soar high towards the direction of your heavenly dreams.
    You make us prouder of you with every step you make.

  2. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog (:
    No matter how old we get, we always have those moments where we act as if we are kids again.
    Nothing wrong with that,
    I've always been told, as long as you stay young by heart, that's all it matters. Enjoy the most of it when you're at this age! xxx

    1. I enjoyed reading them. Keep 'em coming! Thank you very much!

  3. Hello lovely! Thank you for the wonderful comment on my blog, I really appreciate it!

    Great post, thanks for sharing - gorgeous picture!

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