Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Who Says?


There is a song by Miley Cyrus called “Who Said.” I love the optimism that radiates in that song because it signifies – to me – the optimism of teens.  In the song, Miley talks about people telling her she can’t be something or go somewhere in life to which she replies, “Who says?”

I’ve heard it said many times that teens think they can conquer the world. I’ve seen it for myself. Often times we can worry because they don’t take a parent’s warnings seriously, but instead think that no harm will come to them. They love life and they are ready to embrace it, try new things, and conquer.

It’s the positive side of this attitude that I want to take a look at because I think it’s something worth pausing at. I think the outlook and optimism that teens have is contagious if you are around them long enough and I think that it’s sad that most adults seem to have lost that “I can do it” kind of mentality.  We don’t need to be rebellious to be adventurous.  We don’t have to take careless risks but instead just live with a “I’m going to soak it all in” kind of countenance.

So many of us want to teach our teens. And there IS so much to teach them. But they have valuable things to teach us as well – we just need to be more open-minded and willing to listen.

Life is meant to be lived. We are not here to live as safely as possible until we die. We need to go out and do all the things that we dreamt of doing when we were younger. Find things worth your time and money to do, learn new things, laugh more often, don’t take things so seriously, and meet new friends.

I don’t care if you are 72 or 34.  You are still alive. Your life is not over yet. There is a reason you exist. So start living and finding out why you are here. Enjoy your days, reach out for new opportunities and discover what it is that God might have in mind for you. You’ll never do that sitting at home all the time.

Who says you can’t go back to college? Who says you can’t take up guitar? Who says you can’t pursue that dream? I say you can.  

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