Have I missed the checkpoint?

Words by Omar Hasan

I'm finally 26. The age where young dreams get buried under the rubble of adult responsibilities and societal expectations.

For many people, turning 30 (or getting closer to it) represents a significant turning point in life, as it comes with a lot of external pressure to have achieved certain things by a certain age, such as owning a house, being in a stable career, or getting married and having children.

As I approached my mid-twenties, I found myself feeling anxious about the future and what others expect of me. But that was when I also discovered minimalism, which has helped me shift my perspective on life and let go of these expectations.

For the past three years, I have learned to appreciate the present moment and not worry so much about the future. I have also become more intentional about the people I spend time with, and the goals I choose to pursue.

Rather than making sure I have achieved certain milestones by a certain age, I have learned to focus on what makes me happy and fulfilled in the present moment. Not in a hedonistic way, but in a sustainable way that will help me build a life of meaning...

*A life that I want to live.

Not a life that others want to watch.*

I am grateful for the lessons I have learned through minimalism. I am no longer afraid of getting older or missing an arbitrary checkpoint. Instead, I am excited to continue growing and learning, knowing that I am on my own unique journey, traveling at my own pace.

Omar Hasan

Omar is a full-time content writer and a frugal minimalist. He aims to spread the values of simple living to more areas of the Eastern hemisphere. Aside from writing, he enjoys photography, cooking, and discussing philosophical views.


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