Saturday evening, I found out that one of my high school classmates that I have known since middle school had passed away. The news hurt me in a lot of ways because even though we were never close friends, I still had wonderful memories with this person throughout our time in school together. Right now, I can’t even imagine what their family is going through. They were only 21 years old, such a young age where they could’ve had so much going for their life in the future.
The reason why my classmate’s death affected me greatly is because some young adults take their life for granted. We never know what the universe has in store for all of us. Seeing people around my age dying scares me, but it also serves as a reminder for us to live our lives to the fullest.
College-age adults, or millennials/Generation Z in general, are often criticized by the older generation for so many things. Whenever we go to a party, we are “irresponsible” or “don’t care about our responsibilities.” We are called lazy and defiant toward the older generations whenever we grow up to think for ourselves and many other reasons.
I think what older people don’t realize is that our 20’s are literally the peak of the freedom we are able to have in our lifetime. We were under the roof of our parents household until we were 17 or 18 years old, then we went off to college, if one chose this route in life, to not only get an education but understand freedom and responsibility. We, as college students, know these “are the best years of our lives,” even though it’s stressful for the most part.
These are the years that we will forget about responsibilities, intentionally or not. We are going to do dumb activities or have dumb moments that we regret daily, but those moments always make a great story for someone in the future.
Now, I am no way praising any problematic actions young adults have done, nor am I encouraging them to take on dangerous and risky behaviors just to seek a thrill. However, I do encourage my fellow millennial/Gen Z peers to live without regrets because you will never know when this time will come to an end. Especially for us college students. We only have four or five years of our undergraduate years to live life to the fullest before we may have to settle down and focus on life after graduation which is working or maybe even more education.
It’s sad knowing one day the days of our youth will come to an end, but I will be proud of myself knowing that I spent a part of my life to its fullest potential without any worries. It’s good to seek a thrill because we never know when these days will end but we must not risk our lives doing so.