Today's quote comes from Dr. Seuss of all people:
"Sometimes you will never know the value of something until it becomes a memory." - Dr. Seuss
I couldn't agree more with this quote.
I'm sure most of us would concur that our youth is the perfect example of something we tend not to appreciate until later, when we can no longer relive those years.
I often think about how zealous I was to graduate from college and go out into the real world.
While there's a lot to be said about attaining financial security as a working professional, I don't see myself ever being able to recapture the magic of my college years. It's really a unique, transformative time in one's life -- your first taste of freedom, the first time in your life where you actually feel like and are regarded as an adult.
I feel my years before college were largely forgettable, and life in corporate America (post-college) is essentially like reverting back to high school, where one has to remain in the same place for 6 or 7 hours every day and deal with similar politics and backstabbing.
It's amazing how a time you might be eager to get through might be reflected upon fondly years later.
Being an adult certainly has its perks, but things can sometimes be so tame as to make you wish you lived in a busier, more eventful phase of your life. For the most part, you get up to go to work, work, go home, and do the same thing the next day.
In college, you really don't know what the future holds. That can be scary, but it's also exhilarating. It was also during my college years that I experienced the most changes of any other period in my life, like hooking up with my now-wife, buying my first car, and getting my first job. What can I say? You always remember your firsts! College serves as the bridge between adolescence and adulthood.
It's a special time you'll never get to experience again. The closest one comes to reliving these golden years is seeing their kids go through said phase.
Do you agree with the quote? Is there a time in your life you took for granted and wish you could relive?