When you’re a teenager, you believe anything negative that happens to you is absolutely the end of the world. You never believe you’re going to recover from the heartbreaks or tragedies that come into your life. In a few years you won’t even remember who you were fighting with or even what the fights were about most of the time. It’s not nearly as big a disaster as you think it is, and it’s not going to have as much of an impact on your life as you think it will at the time.
Our lives are filled with so much drama that we think will make such an impact on our lives, but in the end all you really end up doing is wasting energy on stuff that you won’t even care about in a couple of years. It’s just sad really.
What caused me to start thinking about all of this? Yesterday I was watching a television series from the 90s when I realized something. I can’t remember much about my life from the years 1993 to 1998. I have no idea what I was doing or what friends I was spending the majority of my time with.
I know there had to have been some major things going on in my life at the time. I mean, I know myself well enough to know that there had to be things that I was upset about and/or happy about. I don’t remember many times in my life where I was overly happy for extended periods of time without any drama being involved.
I’m sure at the time there were a lot of things going on that I felt were very important to me back then, but they’re never as life shattering as we think they are though. Whatever’s going on in our life, it’s not the be-all and end-all of our existence. It’s just an opportunity or obstacle that we must overcome.
I guess what I’m saying is once I realized I don’t even really remember most of an entire decade, It just reminded me that you really shouldn’t sweat the small stuff because in a few years you won’t even remember it anyway.