This is a guest post by\u00a0Andy Frasco.\r\nDear Reader,\r\n\r\nDo you ever think about your older self? That person in the future who you\u2019ve never met, the one who\u2019s both a stranger and a friend, simultaneously? I worry about him all the time.\r\n\r\nI wonder if the stretch of routine hook-ups and scattered \u201ctreat-yourself\u201d moments lost its luster over time, or if the \u2018fro is still as big and wild as ever. I ask myself, \u201cIs he bored, tired? Does it suck getting old?\u201d I imagine it must be extremely difficult and scary to age, watching your friends get sick or pass away while you accomplish another rotation on this planet. To have your whole life in the rearview mirror, wondering if you ever truly fulfilled your life\u2019s dreams\u2026\r\n\r\nI believe it\u2019s not the actual disease that kills people, but the loss of hope the disease brings with it that kills. With that said, we have to hold onto that hope, and you can\u2019t let life get you down. We must never forget what makes us happy in the first place\u2026 and that\u2019s by trusting your soul.\r\n\r\nRemember, your soul was that first friend you had when you were six and you had no one to hang out with, so you sat on the swing set and made games together. It\u2019s that buddy that got you through your first kiss or shitty break-up. He\u2019s the one that rode in the passenger seat and made conversation as you cruised from being a kid to an adult. As we get older, we seem to forget about this life-long pal who got us through the dark times, or was happy with a simple visit to the park. Instead, we get so overwhelmed with making others happy, or caring what they think of us, that we\u2019ve forgotten our most precious friend.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhere am I going with this?\r\n\r\nThere will be days in your life where you won\u2019t want to wake up. You\u2019ll want to give up what you\u2019ve been fighting for just because it feels safer, or because your goals feel impossible. You\u2019ll be over-worked, underpaid, and it will feel like nobody gives a shit. Just remember, you\u2019re not in this alone. I\u2019ve been living in a van for ten years now to fulfill my dream of being a traveling musician. I\u2019ve been dropped by four record labels, two management companies, banned by a couple venues, blown up a few vans, gotten addicted to drugs once, and have probably broken a few soulmates\u2019 hearts on this journey. I\u2019ve missed nieces being born and family toasts during holiday dinners. But even through these battles with myself when I was at the bottom, wondering what was right, I still never gave up on my dreams. These are the times that you remind yourself of your soul--that inner, closest friend we talked about--who will totally kick ass if you give him a chance. That\u2019s where you\u2019ll find the energy to get out of bed, pick your head up, take a few more blows to the chin and go out and do what you love.\r\n\r\nAll I\u2019m asking, as you go through this quarter-life crisis, is that you never lose that smile and laugh that everybody loves over something we have no control over. Don\u2019t be scared of getting older, embrace it. There\u2019s nothing we can do about aging\u2014it happens to all of us. But the crazy thing is, we can help shape that person now, today. This stranger in the future, we can become more acquainted with him. Throw yourself into your passions, get your feet wet with new things\u2014whether it be painting, living a year traveling in a van, fly-fishing, paint-balling, ice-skating, crocheting, origami, rock-climbing, cooking\u2014whatever it is, life is too short not to chase after the golden bits that make you truly happy. You never know when it\u2019s your turn to take the curtain call so you might as well give it all you got.\r\n\r\nAnd when it\u2019s all said and done, wouldn\u2019t it be nice to say, \u201cI laughed more than I cried\u2026 I saw more than I haven\u2019t\u201d? Don\u2019t you think?\r\n\r\nStay happy, stay foolish, stay young, and don\u2019t ever let anyone tell you that you can\u2019t do something because you\u2019re way stronger than you think: You\u2019re a badass.\r\n\r\nSincerely,\r\nSomeone Who Cares\r\n#NeverGiveUp\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nAndy Frasco, the 27-year old Los Angeles, CA native singer \/ songwriter \/ band maestro \/ entrepreneur \/ party starter \/ everyday hustler, and his band of gypsies \u201cThe U.N.\u201d have been cited frequently as \u201cParty Blues,\u201d but the band\u2019s musical inspirations and influences run much deeper incorporating elements of Soul, Funk, and Rock as well as tones of Roots, and Americana, creating a much more diverse sound and style that is distinctly Andy Frasco &amp; the U.N.\r\n\r\nYou can visit Andy's website here:\u00a0http:\/\/andyfrasco.com, listen to his music on Spotify here:\u00a0http:\/\/spoti.fi\/2ktdZjr,\u00a0and also follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @andyfrasco.