Dear Old Friend,
There’s consistent articles on websites all over that will tell you what you should be doing now that you’re a twenty-something. I’m sure thousands of young people Google things like, “easy crafts,” “skills I should know before I’m 30,” and “what should I do today, I’m bored.” No? Well, maybe it’s just me.
The point is, when you’re in control of your own life and you live by yourself, or with roommates, away from some authoritative figure, you have to decide what to do with your time. Yes, it does sound like a first world problem. That’s because it is. While other people in third world countries are filling their days with hard labor, a fun day at a traditional festival, or something much worse or better, what are you going to do?
Well, my Googling doesn’t get me very far, but when I’m out adventuring I see a lot of things that I wish I knew how to do. Sometimes I write these things down because, let’s face it, I can’t remember anything unless I write it down. Then I go home and make it happen. I learned how to crochet better, I practiced good form in the gym, I practiced running a mile in a faster time and better pace. I practiced languages and cooking and baking. I trained my cat to do more tricks and I even created this blog. I tried to start an indoor garden and I tried my hand at a variety of crafts. While many of these escapades were left unfinished, with a little improvement, or in the case of the indoor garden – dead – the one task I did complete and was very proud of were the wreaths. I made three or four wreaths to hang over the door in Hokie colors of course and gave them away for presents. Of course, I kept the best one and the ugliest ones for myself.
I often think of all the millions of people in the world and ask myself, “Just what are they doing today?” I try to fill my days with learning something new or improving upon something I do less than gracefully. After all, my neighbor said it best, “The day you stop moving is the day you die.”
Well, I’m not ready to die just yet.
Your favorite new-adult