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Can you believe it's already been fifteen years down the 2000s?

I remember [vividly] everyone going absolutely bonkers at the thought of entering the new millenniumI was eight, already exposed to MTV and was honest-to-goodness impressed with the nickname the adults gave it: Y2K (thank goodness it didn't stick)but now...it's just the time we live in.

It's a lot to think about but, at the same time, like everybody else I guess, I've also adjusted to the fact that we haven't really gone too far.

I mean, it's not like the 2000s was as "futuristic" as we imagined. Isn't it a drag that hoverboards still aren't legitimately* part of the day-to-day experience? Leisurely space travel? Flying cars? Where are all the cool stuff you promised with your futuristic movies, Gen X???

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Still, one can be thankful that we haven't come to the point of making rationed biscuits out of dead loved ones or living underwater. (Plus points to you if you got all the references. *wink)

And hey, we got iPhones which I think is more than a bargain.


To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure what to make of 2016. I feel like it's going to be a big year and while I do have in mind a few things that I want to accomplish by the end of it, I can't quite find the energy or interest to start hustling. Maybe the rush of the new year is kicking in too late, I don't know, but whatever it is I've just been the most chill I've ever been in the last five years.

It's only a matter of weeks though, 'til I turn 25the mighty quarter life. Maybe then I'll feel motivated or pressured to resume adulting. Maybe? (Or not. I am, after all, a pathological procrastinator.)

If anything, what I do think about is the possibility of being inflicted with the dreaded crisisthe whole "what am I doing with my life, why haven't I done anything significant" conundrum.

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So far, I believe I'm in the clear, and I'm hoping that it will continue to be this way.

I feel rather confident that I'd wing it, tbh. I already know that I should be doing something else with my life and that it's not exactly where I am at the moment, but I'm far from feeling terrible about it. There's not a perfect path to our destinies, and many experiences that may seem needless right now can turn into a saving grace when we least expect it.

I've also been told that it's okay to take things slow and not rush through life. I'm right where I'm supposed to be, which is in the middle of a process and isn't that what success is, anyway? A process, not a singular moment. It's a journey, and don't they always say the journey is more important than the destination?


It's almost scary that I'm not scared of falling behind.

Does it make me mediocre? I'm certainly not competitive, to the dismay of many award-savvy creatives I've worked with, but I do constantly improve on my craft and, as of late, both my team and our clients have been happy with the work I put out.

Or is it simply a wise thing to not give in to the pressures of success as society dictates it? Lately, it seems as if the ultimatum age for making it big in life has gotten younger and younger and it's like, if you still haven't managed to break out by the age of 25, it might be simply because you're not destined for greatness.


Is it so wrong that I only notice these things but am actually not affected by it?

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It all seems futile, really, to try to figure everything out. Besides, the world keeps changing its standards so might as well not be too concerned about it.

2016 is off to a slow start and I can't say that I hate it.

"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer."
Rainer Maria Rilke

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