The ‘Real World’ Excuse

At 24, my eyes are more open now than they have ever been. I’ve come to realize a lot about the world, and a lot about the true nature of individual human beings. I was told, like many people are, that people aren’t to be trusted; that there is this thing called ‘The Real World,’ and that people in it will cheat you and steal from you; a place where people will use you for everything you have and lie to your face about it. I was told to look out for only myself in that world, and that to stay alive and well in the dog eat dog world we live in, I’d have to only worry about myself.

Then, I slowly but surely realized that none of that is true. The real world is whatever you make it, and, if you take it for what it is, and if you look at the world around you taking no precepts to what it should be, it’s an extraordinarily beautiful place where people are good, honest, and helpful. Like anything else, if you look for the bad in the world, you will find it. And the same is true if you look for the good. But I truly believe that even if you don’t look for the good that you will find the good. You will see that the world has so much to give to you, and is full of things that deserve our appreciation and humility.

The warmth of the sun on a windy day. The absolutely wonderful explosion of color seen on every mountainside in Pennsylvania. The unbelievable amount of diversity in every city across the United States. The fact that no matter where you go in the world, you can build friendships, choose to do what you would like to do, and the only thing on this planet that’s stopping you from being exactly who you always wanted to be, is you.

All you have to do is find out who your true self is. But that’s just the beginning. Now go out and let everyone else see and appreciate who you are. Not just for your sake; but for the sake of everyone else. It’s the least you owe to the world.

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