Wednesday, March 25, 2009

What I've Learned in my Twenty-Sixth Year

I turned twenty-six yesterday. I decided to make a list of things I've learned:

  • Making sudden, life-altering decisions may not work out how I plan
  • It is more valuable and useful to make the decision to change than to decide on what (I hope) that change will be
  • If I want to pay off my debt, I shouldn't quit my job, especially in the middle of a recession
  • I am not well-adapted to work in customer service
  • I am horrible at keeping in contact with good but distant friends (though, I think I already knew this)
  • I have a very skewed perception of how strangers, coworkers, friends, and family view me
  • The Cubs are awesome and the Sox suck ... I guess
  • The thought of going back to school doesn't utterly repulse me anymore
  • I am capable of enduring
  • Apple soda is delicious
  • Possessions -- things, stuff, junk -- are a liability; one that I am happy to eschew when needs be
  • I still really like programming, and I should find a way to get back into it
  • CTA buses don't give change cards
  • I still hate old people

In addition, there are some things that I have failed to learn:

  • Employers do not care about The Way I Think Things Should Be Done™, no matter how efficient, cost-effective, or time-saving I believe it to be (or that it actually is)
  • Why the only emotion I can fluently express is Anger
  • What it is like to live by myself, on my own
  • How to motivate myself to write again
  • How to fix a motorcycle


  1. There are international opportunities for english speaking teachers, and jounalists. It's fun just to look at them. If I had a degree in something, I'd go abroad for the cultural experience. MOM

  2. Oh yeah, how do we see you?

  3. I'm not sure how people view me anymore.


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