For a college student, weekends are your time to unwind. Take a night on the town with your friends, let loose all of the stress from the week before and just have a good time…or so one would think.
When I first came to college, I wanted the full experience. Study hard during the week and have those fun times on the weekends you have to wait to tell your children about until they hit their teenage years.
Unfortunately for me, however, most of my friends do not share this belief. And the reason surrounding that is simple: they’re in a relationship.
Don’t get me wrong, I long for the day when I’ll find my soulmate and ride off into the sunset for a happily ever after moment. But…I’m 20 years old.
I’ve probably got a good three or four rounds of troubled relationships left in me before I find “the one.” And I’m not about to spend my youth worrying about finding them either.
But most of my friends are tying the knot, having children and acting like their 40 years old already. I’m the only one of my friends who is single or without a child, and that’s including the ones who are younger than me.
Most of them can’t even take a night off from their Stepford Wives (or Stepford husbands) fantasies to go out every once in a while.
Maybe it’s just me, but I live by a quote from one my favorite books of all time, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, “This moment will be just another story someday.”
Whatever life you have now, is more than likely not going to be the life you’re going to have five years from now.
About three years ago, I thought I was at a phase where I had it all figured out. But then things went downhill fast and now I’m somewhere I never in a million years thought I would be.
As much as I love and care for my friends, the sad truth is most of them will probably be divorced, remarried and have approximately two children before they’re 23 years old. And that’s just not the life for me.
Instead of fretting about my friends uncertain futures, I take the time I can get with them and enjoy every second of it, even if I am the awkward third wheel. Because I know it won’t be that way for long.
Remember, this moment will be just another story someday.