I love books that give me ideas of things to do to either make my life more fun, more fulfilling, or more simple. Usually these books make their points quickly in short chapters, which happens to be a style I enjoy. Without slamming this title, I picked up a book the other day that seemed as though it was going to give me ideas of things to do to recapture ‘my youth.’ I thought I had found something right up my alley until I read a few of the chapter titles. Some of the ideas were just plain irresponsible and dumb, things such as ‘Yell at someone,’ ‘Pierce something other than your ear,’ and ‘Charm your way into our out of something.’ You get the idea. I don’t think this is the youth that is worth recapturing. Yes, all of us ‘Adults’ were once immature teenagers. I really have no desire to return to the teenage years.
Some people think that in order to be free from the stresses of everyday life, they also must be free of making morally sound decisions. You know the whole “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” mantra. Does ‘living for today’ mean I should be rude to the teenager in the check-out line…or that I should I go ‘clubbing’ with my girlfriends and act irresponsibly? Don’t get me wrong, ‘being your own person’ and ‘carpe diem’ are great, but I think some people interpret this in strange ways.