Most of us would look at the title and say, “Illusion?! What illusion?! I’m a teenager, and teenager equals youth…so…what’s the illusion?” Well, depending on how you look at it, it’s not exactly an illusion. For the first twenty years of our life, we’re youths (although being a youth is considered being a teenager, I’m just talking about being young), and for the next approximately sixty years we’re at varying stages of adulthood.
Sometimes, it feels like we’ll be young forever. That’s the illusion. We don’t really remember much from our first five years, and we don’t really reflect much during the next five years. The following ten years are an important stage in life (see The Purpose Of Being A Teenager), but we tend to waste them, thinking we have plenty of time to pursue our dreams and make an impact on the world.
The truth is, at this vital stage of life, we only have ten years. And we find, as we get older, that time seems to go faster. Now, sometimes next week may seem like a long way away, but when we look back, we’ll realize just how quickly time passes. Every wasted day is gone forever–there aren’t any do-overs in life.
So, it’s time to turn your life into a launching pad for adulthood. Give yourself a head start!