“It’s about sex, love, relationships, careers, a time in your life when everything’s possible. And it’s about friendship because when you’re single and in the city, your friends are your family.” —The original treatment used by Crane, Kauffman and Bright to pitch the series(FRIENDS) to NBC.
I have highlighted the part that struck me as the truest.
I am 25.I am at a time of my life when everything is possible. What I want I can do? I have the energy, the optimism, and most importantly the time to do it. Two years-five years down the line, things will change irreparably and the responsibilities would be too huge to live a life for myself.
Over the last few days all of a sudden I am feeling life rushing past me. I just want it to stop and turn it around. I feel time is slipping out my hands. The window where every thing, every dream had a shot at being realized is closing irreversibly.
I have spent 18 years of my life cramming and giving exams and getting good grades. And by looks of it the next 18 trying to get a better appraisal, some loans and cultivating an ulcer.
Some friends, the boy we discuss how we had dreamed so much for ourselves and now slowly are accepting a totally different life as reality.
This doesn’t mean we are writhing in unhappiness. Hell, we are so much better off than 99% of people in the world. We work in good places, in good positions for our comparatively young age, earn enough to dream about luxurious things in times of recession.
Yet we feel we could have done so much more. Do our own thing, chosen a very different creative line to follow. Travel. Meet. See. Read. Explore.
And this is the only time we can do those things. This is the only time we can make mistakes and recover from them. Our only chance to not be another face in the crowd. Find our true voice. And that time is going away. We are changing each day into the people we will be the rest of our lives-world weary and accepting the circumstances around us than trying to change them. We are too conventional, too molded in socially acceptable behavior to really be free spirited individuals after this time passes. 365 days-that is all a year has.24 hours-that is all a day has.
I was listening to Randy Pausch’s wonderful lecture on how he achieved each of his childhood dreams and that is what makes his life remarkable for him. And I thought well, I have a long way to go. The catch 22 is all those dreams need time which a regular job cant leave you with and money which only a regular job can provide. Or are these just brick walls there to test how badly I want those dreams? And which ones I want the most badly?