the new gossip.

We’ve entered a time period where news travels faster thanks to the unfortunate thing that is facebook. We’re no longer passing notes, making phone calls, or riding our bikes to spread news. No, now it’s a keyboard stroke away, actually no, that’s also dated…more like a finger swipe away.

But, the type of news has changed. The shock value of old headlines like ‘___ has a crush on you’, ‘__ hooked up with ___’, or ‘___ got kicked out of school‘ are long gone. The new gossip now consists of important facts like who is pregnant, who has died, or who is already getting divorced. Yes, we’re that old, and that far removed from adolescent youth, that we actually morbidly discuss who we know has died. And here I mock my parents for scanning the obituaries on a daily basis. There is also some happiness for someone having a baby, which has come a long away from hearing the joyous cries in the bathroom stall of the girls dorm. Indeed, that would really happen.

We are older. For most of us, priorities have changed. I’m less concerned with what others are doing, and more concerned about what I’ve got lined up on netflix. Like the saying goes ‘imma do me‘. See, I can still hang.


the perspective.


In college, everything was a big deal. Studying for a final, big deal. Trying to find plans for the weekend, bigger deal. Struggling to pay attention in class, biggest deal. The scope of our lives appeared to exist between campus and home, unknowingly overlooking the rest of the world. That was just college life, a bit of a mixture between self-absorbed and self-discovery. We also complained a lot. Working at a university, I see that now, and it’s awful.

It’s only after you’ve been in the ‘real world’ a while that you realize the perspective has changed. There are more people out there than the ones at school. There are other things to do in your free time than homework and studying. There are simply more things going on in the world. There’s a bigger picture, a glass half full, and a bunch of other clichéd phrases that describe your new found insight.

You’ve got a lifetime of knowledge at your disposal. Personally, I use it to tell college kids to ‘stop whining’ (arnold voice). But, to each their own.


the wisdom.


Being in your twenties carries with it the notion that you now have acquired a lifetime of knowledge. You’ve made it through your teens therefore you’ve found the wisdom. You’re seeing things much clearer now that you have a degree in something. You also may find yourself often giving advice, because what’s the sense in having all of this infinite wisdom if we can’t share it with those that are younger than us, and therefore far more clueless.

Ah yes, we’ve lived a couple decades. We’ve seen some things. We must know all.