I’ve been meaning to do this post for a while now. I can not tell you how many articles I’ve read that talk about the “good old days” and how being younger was amazing. Don’t get me wrong – reading certain articles with flashbacks from the 90s are funny, but too many times I’ve seen people morning about missing their childhood. The truth is that the best days of your life are ahead of you, not behind you. As a result, I decided to make this list of 25 awesome things about getting older.
1. You can go anywhere in the world
This is awesome. Think about it – right now, if you really wanted to, you could buy a plane ticket and travel to any country. It’s not that people can’t go anywhere, they just choose not to. One of my favorite quotes, by Harun Yahya, is “I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question.” When you were younger this wasn’t possible, but now it is.
2. You can learn anything
…and I mean anything. With the internet and technology being so fast, it’s easy to learn any topic, language, skill, etc, for free. Especially with MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) becoming increasingly popular it’s getting even easier to gain expertise and knowledge in any field.
3. You can buy alcohol
Maybe a little bit taboo, but I’ll mention it. You can get into any bar, club, liquor store, etc, and purchase anything you want. Whether it’s a nice bottle of wine or vodka for raging with Flask Tie, the possibilities are endless.
4. Making a website is easy
I personally know a lot about computer programming, but in the past, if you didn’t, making a website was impossible. With technology evolving it’s so easy for anyone to make a website in minutes. You don’t have to know HTML, Java, or any computing knowledge for the most part. Sites like BlueHost make it extremely easy to create any site in just a few minutes.
5. Every song is instantly accessible
Before you had to either hope that the song came on the radio or download it illegally through Napster or Limewire. Now you can quickly download any song in seconds with iTunes or listen to any song via YouTube or Soundcloud. And, to make it even better, there are numerous phone apps where you can listen to the songs on the go.
6. Thousands of songs on one device
I recently saw this video where they asked children if they knew what a cassette was (check it out here: Kids React To Walkmans). And I’m not going to lie – this video frustrated me. They praised any kid who knew what a cassette was or any time they said they’d rather use a cassette than an iPod. From my perspective, why should they know what a cassette is? The beauty of technology right now is being able to have thousands of songs on one device, as oppose to having tons of CDs or cassettes. The only expectation to this is records, because that’s the purest form of a re-created song.
7. It’s even easier to start your own business
Similar to what I said before about starting your own website, it’s extremely easy now to start your own business. Create a domain and host it through Host Gator, create and outsource a product, build a web store and boom – you’re all set. Obviously this process is easier said than done but it’s not as a hard as it used to be.
8. You can talk on the phone and be on the internet
Before this wasn’t possible (remember that epic Dial-Up Sound?). Now you can easily talk on the phone and be on the internet without ending your session.
9. Gay Marriage is now legal
I’m not gay but I’m extremely happy about this. I’m a huge supporter of equality and this is another step in the right direction to having equal rights for everyone.
10. Anyone can make music
Before this wasn’t the case but now anyone can download a program, buy a keyboard (technically you don’t even need one), start making music and upload it. This allows anyone, even if they’re not financially stable, to work their ass off and make a name for themselves.
This is pretty much self-explanatory, but traveling around is so much easier with a GPS. Even better is apps, like Google Maps, can show you routes to avoid tolls – here’s how!
12. Same Shoes
Rather than having to buy shoes every few months because your feet are growing you now can just buy one pair that will last you a while.
13. Parkour is more popular
Okay, maybe I’m biased (heavily biased) on this one, but I love how popular Parkour as gotten. Even though it’s probably the most made fun of physical activity I’m still excited about how many more gyms are popping up all around the country/world.
14. Soylent Exists
Soylent is the powered food that I’ve been living off of as I travel around. Before food would have been extremely difficult/expensive, but now with the invention of Soylent, getting all the nutrients you need is a lot easier. Check out this article I wrote on Soylent if you want to read more about it: Soylent Review.
15. Anyone can be an author
Self-Publishing is becoming increasingly more popular with the boom of E-Books. Anyone can now write their own E-Book, throw it on Amazon, and make money off it. Years ago this wasn’t possible because of the limits with physical publishing, but now the possibilities are endless.
16. Medical Marijuana becoming legal in more areas
This is a very taboo topic but it’s important to mention. Marijuana, and various strands of it, has numerous medical benefits that can’t be replicated by other drugs (and the other drugs usually have negative side effects). This is not opinion, but scientific fact. Regardless of peoples’ views on it I’m happy that the medical benefits are being utilized.
17. Direct Deposit
I love Direct Deposit – especially with me traveling around, I can work at various places (and online) and have the money wired directly into my account.
18. You can feel nostalgic without being sad
I actually stole this one from a list I saw online because of how truthful it was. Unlike before, it’s now possible to feel nostalgic about past memories without being sad.
19. Electronic Music getting bigger
I’ve already mentioned music a couple times but this is probably my favorite one about how times have evolved. Electronic Music is now becoming mainstream and blowing up all over the world. In addition, Electronic Music producers are being more respected – unlike before where people didn’t even regard it as “real” music.
20. Dating is easier
This may depend upon the person but I’ve found the whole dating game to be a lot simpler. Rather than when you were younger, when people would play all different games, people now don’t waste their time with games and are straight forward about how they feel.
21. You can eat what you want, when you want, how you want
You’re not forced anymore to eat what’s on the table or in the cafeteria. Don’t get me wrong – nothing is better than a home cooked meal, but now if you want to buy a pizza at 3am, knock yourself out.
22. You don’t care about negative opinions
I’ve never really cared what people think about me but as I’ve gotten older I could care even less than before. Most people start realizing that negative opinions are usually from just single-minded people that are a waste of your time.
23. No more final exams
I loved college but final exams suck. Yes, there are future exams like the LSAT, GMAT, GRE, CPA, CFA, and N-CLEX, but those are a one-time thing as oppose to numerous exams at the same time.
24. You have more money
…and you can spend it however you want. In addition there are tons of more ways to make money than there used to be, and I talk about all of them on my site Buck Living. This gives you a greater freedom to do what you want and get things you’ve always wanted.
25. You can DJ across the country
I had to include this as the last one. The main reason why I put this as #25 (and why this list is 25 topics long) is because 25 is my lucky number. I’m absolutely loving my life right now and I wouldn’t have it any other way. As I’ve traveled around the country I’ve met numerous millionaires, entrepreneurs, and celebrities who are all living out their dream and working their ass off every moment.
This is going to be harsh, but your future is completely up to you. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve heard complain about how college was the best years of their life and how they don’t know what to do with their life. These people say “it’s easy for you Marc because you know what you want to do. I don’t know what I want to do with my life, which is why I’m not working hard for anything because I haven’t found something to work for.”
The truth is you have to take responsibility – not only for your life, but where your life is going. People act like I had some divine moment where I knew I wanted to be a DJ. Nothing like that happened – I didn’t wait for a divine moment, I created my divine moment. I worked hard to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and combined everything I love into one field/idea.
Your life will only get more and more amazing – as long as you want it to.