Happy New Year to you all! I hope 2017 is full of excitement, growth, joy and of course…inspiration!
It’s been one year since I launched the Aurora Girls blog! Woo hoo!
When I was younger I would hear my mom would always talk about how fast time went and I looked at her like she was crazy. Now that I am a little older, I get it. I feel like the days go so quickly and the weeks sometimes all blend together and suddenly I wonder…how did I get here? Do you ever feel that way yet? When I was in school, I wanted time to go by faster. I wanted to leave high school, to be an adult and to get on with my life. But I didn’t realize that someday soon, I would wish that life went by slower.
Here’s the thing…none of us can control time. It is what it is…but we can never get a past moment back; once it’s gone, it’s gone. If I could give you any advice, it would be to ENJOY where you are. There will be plenty of time in your life for you to be an adult: have a job, pay bills, be responsible for other people. When you’re a kid, you can make mistakes and still be under the protective wing of your parents and THAT is a BLESSING. Trust me.
The Bible is FULL of scripture about being young and treasuring your youth…I love this passage in Ephesians 11:9-10:
“Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment. So, remove grief and anger from your heart and put away pain from your body, because childhood and the prime of life are fleeting.”
In the grand story of your life, you are an adult for much longer than you are a kid. If you dislike your life now, don’t worry – it will change and for the better, if you want it to be better and you act on it. You need to be proactive to make the changes in your life you need to be happy. It starts with your faith and trusting God….and it continues in your actions toward your family, friends and yourself. You can totally inspire others through your joy, energy and your faith. 1 Timothy 4:12 says, “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.”
So my sweet friends out there… don’t spend your teenage years wishing to be an adult. Be young. Go sledding. Wear stupid pajamas. Have a crush on a guy. Watch a Disney movie with your little sister. Eat some candy. Get into dress up/spirit days at your school. Put together a puzzle with your parents. Swoon over a cute boy singer. Find things about your life that make you grateful for your youth because like all moments in your life, it will go by quickly and you can’t get it back.
What do you dislike about being young? What is it you are excited for as an adult that you feel like you don’t have now? Now force yourself to write ten things you LIKE about being young. Maybe it’s something to do with your beauty like youthful skin or no cellulite? Maybe it is the fact that you have summers completely off from school (something that won’t happen you’re an adult unless you are a teacher!)? Do your parents pay for your vacation? Your clothes? Your food? Once you start thinking, you will be amazed at how many things you have to be thankful for BECAUSE you’re young.