#DearMe: Life Is Short

March 16, 2015

I’ve always been curious about how the world works. I always wanted to know why the sky was blue or why a chair was called a chair. Although science is currently not my favourite subject, the mysteries that it helps to unlock about how things came to be are. For a while, all of the questions I had could be easily found with a quick search on the internet or a quick stop at the library. Why did the apple fall on Galileo's head? Gravity. How do plants use the sun’s light to create energy? Photosynthesis. Eventually, we all reach a point when we get stumped or hopelessly obsessed over one person, place or thing, which for me was the concept of space and time, but more specifically time travel.

I’ve always asked myself where I would go if time travel were invented. After a lengthy self-questioning process, I eventually came up with four time periods each accompanied with their own set of pros and cons.

1) To the future

Pro: I would find out what I’d grow up to be if I follow my current life path.
Con: It would be pretty dangerous. Back to the Future or Terminator anyone?

2) I would time hop

Pro: I would skip ahead to the summertime whenever I needed a vacation, or to the day of an exam. Con: It’s not exactly fair, and I might actually forget to come back.

3) To my past

Pro: I would get to relieve my favourite memories and teach myself a thing or two.
Con: Refer to the cons of period number 1.

4) Way back into the past

Pro: I could become the first Egyptologist to have actually helped build the pyramids!
Con: It might mess up everyone’s future.

Realistically, I would probably stay put. Yet, despite the perils and virtues of it, I know that I-- along with many other people--would make a quick stop to visit their own past. Last Sunday was International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate, spread awareness and strengthen bonds among women and men alike. It was also the day that YouTube  launched their #DearMe, recruiting a medley of popular vloggers with the purpose of answering one question, “If you could go back in time and tell yourself one important lesson, what would it be?”

A tough task on its own, and an even tougher question to answer, seeing as many of the ensuing video responses were from older vloggers talking to their teenage selves. As a current high school student, I’m still facing all of the trials and tribulations that that are dear to many teenagers--boys and girls—hearts’.

 In North America, you’re in high school for four years --a daunting thought at first, but one you quickly become accustomed to. Four years later, the people around you may remain the same and familiar, but you end up not recognizing yourself. Supposedly you emerge from this period standing a little taller, with your head a little higher – with a nicer haircut and wardrobe-- armed with plenty of newfound knowledge. Knowledge gained through lessons not only learned through textbooks, but thanks to the events that took place in the school hallways, at the lunch tables and on the field, about perseverance, friendship and the world.  While the only thing that separates the young wide-eyed ninth grade version of me, from the one that published this post is a measly three years, it’s already been three years full of changes, great opportunities and many life lessons.

If I were to offer any useful advice to that wide-eyed girl who entered high school three years ago, it would be to take more risks and to be spontaneous. I would tell her to stop daydreaming and to stop spending so many hours just waiting for the’ right moment’ and for all of the stars to be perfectly aligned. I would tell her that all the time spent imagining some great future doesn’t bring me any closer to my goals. It only succeeds in making me upset and causing me to daydream all over again.

I would show her my/our blog so that she knows that some of the best things that will happen, occur because I simply had the courage to click publish, or to sign myself up, and not because I followed some plan. She should know that sometimes life won’t want to play out according to her personal agenda, and that she has to learn to roll with the punches and adapt to the situation. I would show her all of her new friends, and prove to her that sometimes it is better to put herself out there and to step outside her comfort zone, because while she might get hurt, there’s also a big chance that she might not. Either way, she’ll never know if she doesn’t try and so she should learn to get comfortable being uncomfortable. Most importantly, I would tell her that the ‘right moment’ doesn’t come to you, it is formed as a product of your actions. It’s manifested with every step you take towards trying to achieve your dreams.

 P.S. You can check out the #DearMe video!
 P.P.S.Click here for information on how to join the #DearMe movement.
 P.P.P.S. Click here for some tips I found on how to get comfortable being uncomfortable.

 “If you could go back in time and tell yourself one important lesson, what would it be?”