Like most children, I wanted nothing more than to be one of the grown-ups when I was younger. I couldn’t wait for the day when I could stay up as late as I wanted to or make my own decisions without necessarily needing my parents approval.

Before I knew it, like most children, I had my wish granted. Adulthood and the responsibilities that come along with it hit me. Hard. Now I find myself sleep deprived 99% of the time whether it’s due to school, work, or the endless paper work, applications and travels that seem to dominate my life nowadays.

As much as I hate to admit it, I find myself quietly seeking advice and approval from family with every decision I have to make in hopes that I will be able to catch my breath.

My to-do lists seem to get longer and harder to accomplish and I never seem to have enough time to complete them. Neither do I really seem to enjoy certain moments in my life, which really, I should cherish more. Things seem to pass me by far too quickly with each day that passes and my greatest fear is to find myself sitting in a rocking chair at 70 and have no recollection of all the great moments in my life that I should have cherished and enjoyed more.

Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot to be thankful for in comparison to a lot of people and not a day goes by without me counting my blessings. But how does one balance life? How does one find the time to maturely accept and handle one’s responsibilities and still find the time to appreciate and enjoy all that life has to offer?


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