“Youth is wasted on the young.”

It’s a curious and fascinating adage. A bit ironic as well. You may have heard it before and certainly know what it means, but for those of you exposed to this saying for the first time, no doubt tilting your head a tad to the side right about now, with an interested, silent expression, you’re most likely trying to put the pieces together on what it exactly is trying to express. Well, it’s pretty simple, but awfully profound when understood.

Personally ignorant of knowing who said it first or when it became a repeated phrase, “youth is wasted on the young” ends up coming out as a bitter regret of sorts when put into its proper context. That context is in the form of an older man or woman who’s essentially felt that their youth had been wasted in times of irresponsibility, wrong decisions, missed opportunities, wasted time, bad habits, or whatever else to fill in a blank space respective to that specific individual’s past life. For most, to be young is to be immature, naive, inexperienced, fearful, insecure, gullible, and many, many other things that affect younger people. These “givens” on what is means to be young that determine one’s youthful years can eventually turn themselves into regrets and distasteful memories when growing up. This is because when you become older, you usually know a whole lot more about life and yourself that you wished you did know when you were younger. It’s so easy and completely natural to think, “If I could’ve done this or that differently, if I wouldn’t or would’ve of done that, if I could only take back what I did or said…” etc. I’ve heard this many times from people decades older than me, so I suppose it’s just one of those, like I said, completely natural things you do in the latter years. And it makes sense because no one’s perfect and we all make mistakes that we can and do learn from more often than not.

So why am I saying this, and what does this have to do with SEASONS or being a comic book writer/artist/creator?

Actually, quite a bit.

Still being a teenager and in the – as some would say – “prime” of my youth, I, too, already have my share of regrets. Some are large, some are small, some I have possibly forgotten about, but it’s true — even I have my regrets at the age of 19. And the truth is…I don’t want to anymore. That may be unrealistic and of course I know there will be more regrets that come and go, but being aware of the term “youth is wasted on the young” at this stage in my life has left in me the desire to not ever have to say those six words in my 30s, 40s, 50s, and on up. I don’t want to waste my youth, and that means I have to act on what I believe in right at this second, in this moment. Not the next moment, not the next second, not tomorrow, not next week, not when I feel like it — right now, today. And I’m doing that with SEASONS. That’s why I’m spending all of my time and money on this project. That’s why I wanted to do this in the first place. Today is the day — not when I “have the time” or “when I’m more experienced.” I wanted to write and make SEASONS when I was 19 years old, not 30 years old. Nothing should keep you or me from doing our passion or fulfilling our dream. It’s just takes that one decision and following it through with persistent commitment.

I don’t ever want to have to say my youth, with all its creativeness and energy galore, was wasted when I was younger.

How about you?

~ N. Fox