The Student News Site of Gannon University since 1947


The Student News Site of Gannon University since 1947


The Student News Site of Gannon University since 1947


Editor plans on living in the moment


Where did the time go? I find myself asking this question more and more each day. Now that a new school year is starting up, the harsh realization that I am already a junior in college scares me – a lot.

Being a junior means I only have two more years left until I am thrust not-so-graciously into the real world. It means I have two more years left until people start questioning why I still live with my parents. It also means that the dreaded repayment of student loans is that much closer.

I was at work the other day and among our playful banter, one of my co-workers announced that she was pregnant. Of course we were all extremely happy for her, but I couldn’t help but think that she was pretty young to have a baby (which, she’s not; she’s 24.)

I have a love-hate relationship with children, so I was comfortable knowing that children are definitely not in the near future for me.

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“I still have about 10 years before I’m having children,” I thought. Then I did the math. In 10 years, I will be almost 30. I planned on having at least one child before the age of 30. Suddenly, 10 years turned into five years and I thought to myself, “Where does the time go?”

My mother and I are only 21 years apart in age, so she had me when she was pretty young. That would be like me, right now, getting married and having a baby. For some people, getting married and starting a family is the next step for them.

That was the world even just 20 years ago. People started families young and nobody gave it a second thought. This day and age, getting married and starting a family in your early 20s is uncommon, if not looked down upon.

It seemed like it was just yesterday that I was a sophomore in high school, obsessing over my latest celebrity crush, worrying about my appearance and not having a single care in the world about where my life was going because that was too far into the future to worry about.

Now, I am living my future. I am creating the world that I will live in for the rest of my life and if you’re like me, that is a scary thought to tinker with.

Even though I am on my way to becoming a twentysomething, I know that I don’t want to get married or start a family anytime soon. I want to enjoy my freedom after college. I want to travel the world and see magnificent things. I want to find myself before I commit myself to a life that I will one day love and desire.

I used to long for my future to just get here and happen already. My future is now. My future is happening. And I am beyond excited to start living it.



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