Does anyone else feel like if they don’t do things right now, they’ll never happen?
I’m 15, and I feel that if I don’t write a book, draw a masterpiece, or do something amazing now, that it’ll never happen. I feel as though I’ll have no life after I turn 20, like that’s the end, so I’d better do everything now. I don’t feel like I’m going to die, but as though all creativity and wonder will suddenly leave me, and I’ll become a dull grown up.
Always felt it that way.
Being sixteen, I felt the exact same way from about 13-15. I always saw life as a strict progression from point a to point b and it made me really worried for myself. I couldn’t imagine retaining any sense of creativity after twenty either.
There’s a book by Chris Guillebeau called the Art of Nonconformity, and although I don’t agree with everything he says, it really helped me look past the predictable parts of my life. He’s also got a website, if you just google Art of Nonconformity.
Also, there are tons of amazing people out there who grew up fine, and are still creative and silly, and not at all boring adults. Like Neil Gaiman, for instance.
I’m really bad at advice, so sorry about all that advice giving I just tried to do, but I can relate to how you’re feeling.