Shauna Niequist wrote this article originally for RELEVANT magazine called “11 Things to Know at 25(ish).” While I am newly 23, her advice is relevant to all young people, and her philosophy on life really resonates with me. The 11th thing on her list is my favorite, entitled “Don’t Get Stuck.” Here is an excerpt:
When you hit 28 or 30, everything begins to divide. You can see very clearly two kinds of people. On one side, people who have used their 20s to learn and grow, to find God and themselves and their dreams, people who know what works and what doesn’t, who have pushed through to become real live adults. Then there’s the other kind, who are hanging onto college, or high school even, with all their might. They’ve stayed in jobs they hate, because they’re too scared to get another one. They’ve stayed with men or women who are good but not great, because they don’t want to be lonely. They mean to find a church, they mean to develop intimate friendships, they mean to stop drinking like life is one big frat party…Don’t be like that. Don’t get stuck…Ask yourself some good questions like: “Am I proud of the life I’m living? What have I tried this month? What have I learned about God this year? What parts of my childhood faith am I leaving behind, and what parts am I choosing to keep? Do the people I’m spending time with give me life, or make me feel small? Is there any brokenness in my life that’s keeping me from moving forward?” Now is your time. Walk closely with people you love, and with people who believe God is good and life is a grand adventure. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned.
Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep traveling honestly along life’s path.
No matter what age you are, it’s never too late to change. It’s never too late to reject a way of life that your culture says is normal. It’s never too late to step out in faith and do something big with God. Whatever you do, don’t get stuck.