Do We Ever Really Become Adults? writes Mark Sham

I want to take a moment to share something beautiful and profound (at least it is to me). Don’t pass this message by. Read it twice if you have to.

Yesterday, I put in a solid writing session for my first book and it got me thinking about how weird but wonderful life is in a way. You don’t really ask to be born, and then one day you open your eyes and you’re just a little kid trying to make sense of this zany world around you. You don’t know how things work at all and you are very impressionable at a young age, so you instinctively mimic the actions of those around you, and look to them for answers.
This is probably one of the many reasons adults always try put forward the idea that they have everything figured out to young people. And also because when we’re kids, we ask “why” a lot. But as we get older, we eventually realise that adults are also just grown up children who are totally winging this thing called life. We really are just kids with more life experience.

None of us truly have the answers, and all we have are educated guesses. You never quite arrive, and you’re never quite the adult you thought you would be when you were 10 years old. Sometimes other people look like they have it together, but they are also taking their best shot.
I think this is why the concept of “Journey vs. Destination” keeps coming up for me lately. It’s become so apparent to me lately that we have to make a concerted effort not to wish life away. And it’s key to enjoy the process to every facet of life; the good and the bad.

We are but a blip on the radar. Our lives will be over in a blink of an eye. We shouldn’t wait to be on our deathbeds to realise that we didn’t take it all in, we didn’t appreciate the ups and downs with equal enthusiasm, and we let life pass us by.

If for nothing else, I am truly grateful today. I am 36 years old, I am healthy, and I am happy. I realise now already that life is beautiful, and I am young enough to enjoy my life. I will not have regrets later because I am here now, and I realise what I have. Most importantly, I won’t have any regrets because I took the time to try remind you all too.

In the strangest way, I love being 16 years old with 20 years of experience. As they say, don’t grow up, it’s a trap. I hope you will join me on this.

Mark Sham

PS. My dad and I are hosting a FREE webinar on Tuesday and we are speaking about all the mistakes that companies make with their digital marketing strategies and execution. Would love to have you join us:

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