Live a little

By Matt Campbell
March 25, 2004

Cecelia Francisco

Garfield once said, “You can only be young once, but you can be immature forever.” College is a time when most people come to find out who they really are by defining and shaping what really matters to them. This is where problems arise because we have a separation between those people who are still living the same lives the way they have always lived without thought to consequence or regret, and we have those people who have crossed into maturity or think they have.

Personally, I like to cross that separation line now and then. Being immature is fun. Granted I am not talking about the immaturity that borders on the lines of rudeness and disrespect. It is good to just let loose sometimes, and honestly I think some people on this campus need a little dose of fun because I’ve seen some people wound so tight that they are missing the period of life where every middle-aged adult wishes they could do all over again.

This is college. It’s a time for experimentation. It’s a time where you’re actually given a certain number of mistakes because that’s the way people learn the best. I truly find it a shame to see people going through college without the least bit of curiosity as to what life is like not living in fear of consequence and regret.

As I said before, there is a separation, and I like to cross this fine line where immaturity meets maturity. Let me rephrase that. I think it is necessary to cross this line. If I could I would probably stick to immaturity because frankly it is a lot more enjoyable. However growing up requires us not to just get older, but society demands us to become adults. This means we have to be responsible and all of that business.

I guess all I really need to say is that there are times in everyone’s lives where people need to seize the opportunity to just be themselves and let loose, and in most cases peoples’ true selves are immature. My advice is not to let yourself get caught up in growing up so fast that you lose track of the time at hand. Have fun today, but keep an eye on where you’re headed in the future.

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