Marina Keegan, on graduating from Yale this year, right before she died in a car accident over the weekend. Very sad.
I think she makes a great point. The last thing anyone wants to feel is regret. To feel like we missed an opportunity as it goes whizzing by in the air. We seem to be hard-wired to think that every missed opportunity is a chance we’ll never get back; some are, but the vast majority come back around, in one way or another. We’ll meet another girl that is perfect for us. We’ll get another job offer. We’ll find another way. It’s never too late to turn everything around, to change things up, to move forward. We have so much time.
We’re raised to focus on goals, on milestones and deadlines. On trophies and raises. But that’s not how we think; we’re too young for that, and we refuse to see the world through those lenses. We measure life in laughs, in conversations, in moments. So we might as well just spend as much time as we can in the forgetfulness and excitement of youth. You never know what’s going to happen, when it’s going to end, or who you’ll be with when it’s over.
“We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life.”
That’s all we can ask for.