Sara Alina

Voice, humility and maturity all at once.


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What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

I came across this quote from John Lennon, and I thought it would be a good way to start off this blog.

When I was 5 years-old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.' They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.

- John Lennon

There is so much pressure when you are growing up to figure out what you want to do, and it better be something successful to make your parents happy. It seems like a fun game when you are little, and your choice of profession changes daily. Then as we age we’re forced into planning our entire life during freshman year of high school. Where we will go to college, what we will major in, and any plans after college. It all seems so overwhelming, and I personally don’t know what I’m doing this weekend, much less ten years from now. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way, and I urge everyone to not stress over it.

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Emotional Maturity


I’m not one to pontificate — and certainly not about maturity — but I feel very safe in making this statement very strongly —

A key component of emotional maturity is the ability to acknowledge, not flee from, and work through negative emotions.

I dare venture a step further and say that a large number of problems Westerners typically experience come from running from negative emotions. We’ve become so rich and developed such wonderful technologies and products that it’s almost always possible to find something to dissipate short-term negative emotions.

If your work is hard or confusing, there’s always a steady stream of entertainment around.

If you’re feeling low, there’s foods that are — quite literally — chemically engineered to ensure they have no fiber and an immensely pleasurable burst of sugars, salts, and fats to rapidly change that short term mood.

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