I don’t know if anyone aged 18 to 36 still wishes he or she were a child but for me, it would be welcome to be a kid again during a time like this.
This isn’t the first time I’ve written about growing up and getting older. Advancing into adulthood is a perpetual process until the person dies. One could take a day off from work (provided you have a job, obviously) but one can’t take a day off from life.
This week has been no exception. It’s been a whirlwind to say the least.
Getting older happens daily but each day provides its unique challenges. The biggest challenge, IMO, is stress.
A truly stress-free life does not exist. The only time you will be free of stress is when you’re dead. Every day will have its own stressful situations.
Stress is something to get used to as it exists in different forms. You have work stress (handling all the minutia of your job) and life stress (that same minutia but with family and friends). These stresses have their own “sub-stresses” that will irritate you, too. I could certainly imagine using some SaBROmetrics to measure these stress levels and how they affect people.
How you handle your stress will steer you in either the right or wrong direction in life. So far, I’ve experienced several kinds of stress and through each experience, I’ve learned more about myself and about others. In all instances, I was a changed person—it built character.
Stress will change you, too, but it’s up to you to set the bar for where you want to go as a person and whether you want to be a more positive person and to be someone of great character. Ideally you want to be a more positive person. So if you want to be, remember it’s not about just “getting there” but it’s about seeing that proverbial mile marker, and going past it.
Any time you think you are at your best, there is still room for improvement.
This year is barely three months old but so much has happened and I’ve learned so much. The year is not over and neither is my life.
I must keep going, and I must keep improving.