The Real World

A lot of people may think I'm not all there. And sometimes they're right. People have this idea called 'reality'. It almost always means a place that is cold and harsh. Where people wake up, put on gray clothes, eat plain corn flakes for breakfast, go to work, come home, and go to bed, repeating this process each day, without a smile at all. Ok. Maybe I'm only 18. Maybe I'm not living in the real world. Maybe they are? So why is it that I love my life? I see people all around me who look at the ground wherever they go, just letting life pass them by. They don't seem to really love what they do. They let it happen to them. Rather than letting themselves happen to the world. They tell people like me to wake up and face the real world. The funny thing is, I feel very awake. I face everywhere I go, head on, and ready to take on the world, and accept that sometimes things aren't fantastic. And you know what? A lot of the time life throws me lemons. And I'm not saying make lemonade. Because sometimes you just can't afford the sugar. But hey, why can't you thank life for the lemons... ...when some people don't have anything to eat? It's those lemons in life that help me really appreciate the good things. So when life throws me red velvet cupcakes, when life throws me Zots, when life throws me what I love, I can really appreciate it. Living on sweets like that isn't healthy. So those lemons in there every now and then... well that's all part of the real world. I don't have high expectations for life. I don't expect to graduate and live a happily ever after with prince charming. I know that's not going to happen, it's silly to believe that it would. But I know that there's going to be good out there. I know sometimes it will be rough to get out of the bed in the morning. But reality isn't putting on gray clothes every day. Reality is accepting what life is going to bring you. Not just the bad. Because you're going to have to accept that no matter what... but more importantly the good. Accept the good. Because good will come. I promise it will. It's already coming right now. If you truly think your life is miserable, well my dear... that's not reality. If you think things can't get worse, the reality is that they can. And for a lot of people it is worse. Accept that sometimes things don't make sense. Sometimes things just happen. So what if it doesn't go how you want. They do that sometimes. But that doesn't mean that they were never right. I guarantee that something DID go the way you wanted it to. Humans just focus so much on what went wrong. The pick up those little wrong rocks and carry them around with them forever. Yes, you're going to trip on that little rock now and then. That doesn't mean that at the end of everything, you can't be grateful for the ride... ...and maybe say thank you. Reality isn't harsh. Reality isn't butterflies. Reality just is. Look up today and face the world. Laugh sometimes. Cry sometimes. But never put on those gray clothes. I'm a crazy loon, lock me up as you will. This is the real world. (Note to self: Learn how to be more... motivational. This post sounds more like a 8th Grader running for school president speech.) Apparently I'm in 8th Grade. Put me in college as you will. Also this was mostly just a way of publishing pictures from the last while. I'm not that creative. Put me in the embarrassment closet as you will. (Doesn't everyone have an embarrassment closet?)


Anonymous said...

Extremely well said. Thank you.

scoutingchick said...

yep, I knew it. I love you.

chip said...

That was really well put. And the pictures made it all the better.