BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Breanna

BEING Young & Twenty Submission

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Breanna Joy
Starlit Generation
Age • 17

“There are billions of people in the world, each one as unique and faceted and complicated as you -it opens your mind to new wonders, but it can also start to wear on your dreams.”

When I was a kid, I wanted to change the world.

I wanted to stand out, do something great, make a difference, leave a legacy. I wanted to go somewhere no one had ever been and do something they all thought could never be done.

As I got older, I started to encounter what cynical adults would call “the real world.” Expectations. Responsibilities. Pressures. Broken relationships. Bitter people.

The overwhelming magnitude of the world.

When you’re a kid, you are the center of your universe.

The reality is that there are billions of people in the world, each one as unique and as complicated as you -it opens your mind to new wonders, but it can also wear on your dreams.

Maybe a better measure of success than the list of achievements on your resume, or the trophies on your shelf, or the number of people who know your name, is to focus on those around you, and how you can make their lives better.

I’m learning to love my family. My neighbors. My friends.

Those are the things that really count. BEING Young & Twenty means you’re in the thick of things, the stresses and pressures and demands of life, but you still have the clear eyes to see what really matters.

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