I was leaving a work lunch downtown one day and headed to the parking garage across the street where I parked my car.
As I was climbing the stairs, I was met with this quote on the cement wall in front of me.
"Too young to be this nostalgic."
I don't know who said it, or who wrote it on this wall, but I felt compelled to stop and take a picture of it.
Because I can totally relate to this. I never thought of it in this way, but it's exactly what I feel sometimes.
I'm 26 years old. In the grand scheme of things, that's young. Really young.
Everyone older than me (from 30 year olds to 50 year olds) tells me I'm experiencing the best time in my life and to "live it up." Which I think I am doing. I appreciate that this is a great time in my life, and that it won't last forever.
But the problem is that sometimes I appreciate it too much. I start to worry about how quickly time passes and how we can't make it stop.
I start to worry about what will happen when I'm older. My 26 year old mind turns into a 75 year old mind and I start to panic for myself and for those I love.
I want to soak up as much of my life as I can. I want to take advantage of time I have with my loved ones. Which is turn makes me fret about what it's going to be like when that's all over.
And I'm 26 freakin years old!
So this quote spoke to me. I have plenty of time to worry about these things 50 years from now. I need to remember that the next time I start to go to that place.
There's nothing I can do about this now. In fact, there's nothing I can do about it when I'm 75 either. So stressing about it is just wasting energy.
So here's to remembering that I'm too young to be this nostalgic. And here's hoping that I can stop worrying about living in the moment, and just do it.