What Was Leonardo Da Vinci Doing At Your Age?

Bruna Vila Artigues, Assistant News Editor

The other day I came across this article called “What was Leonardo da Vinci doing at your age?” and I thought “No way, they are going to make me feel bad about myself, again?!”

Wherever I go and whatever I do, there is someone around my age thriving and flourishing, with a bright future ahead and a long-term plan and then, there is me.

Did one know that an eight-year-old drummer has been featured on multiple TV shows, magazine and print publications with monthly shows at venues? When I was eight I didn’t even know I could have any talents and I still don’t.

Did one know that a 14-year-old professional gaming athlete made around $200,000 playing the video game Fortnite? When I was 14 years-old the only money I saw was the dollar my mother gave me to get candy at the store, which I had to give the change back.

I am not even going to talk about the Kardashians and Jenners, because that would be self-harming and depressing.

When Leonardo da Vinci was my age, 21, he “started working on his first solo painting, ‘Annunciation,’” stated CNN. Let me say, it is an amazingly detailed and gorgeous work of art. Is it even humanly possible to do that?

I have come to terms with myself that I do not know what I want to become or achieve in the future; I know that I am not the only one with this problem. In fact, the “other” people are the exception. However, it is very hard not to compare oneself and envy them, especially when society rushes them.

One is supposed to follow this structured world that us humans have created: go to school, get one’s degree, maybe even a Master’s degree, find a job (within their field of study, of course), move out of their parents’ house, struggle to pay rent, get in a relationship and start a family. Don’t you dare fall off track, or else society will judge you.

Kids keep being bombarded with the question: what does one want to be when they grow up?

The high expectation to answer with ease is ridiculous. We are instilling children from a young age to think and figure out their future when they cannot even spell their own name.

I am senior in college, which means that I have less than a year to graduate and decide the rest of my life- it honestly sounds absolutely outrageous and stupid.

Well, I am saying no.

No to structures, systems, stereotypes and expectations; and yes to uncertainty and evolution. It is okay to be indecisive. It is okay to break the rules. It is okay to follow one’s own path.

A couple of years ago, I told my 40-year-old cousin that I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.

“It is okay,” he responded, “I still don’t know what I want to do with mine.” And this is the mindset we should all have.