Today, as I write this, I am 20 years 5 months and 24 days old. It's easy for me to do the math because I was born on the last day of the year. I know that being 20 years of age isn't considered particularly old, but I just feel very aged as I encounter the culture of my youth.
Today was my last day at one of my summer jobs, at a grocery store. They constantly played a mix of 2000's pop and 70's funk, don't ask me why because I've spent many hours questioning that myself. Most of the songs, I paid little attention to, because, by this point in life, I've heard them a thousand times. However, many songs stood out to me as little reminders of the fact that I'm getting older.
One of these songs was "Boom Boom Pow" by the Black Eyed Peas. This song in particular stood out because I remember how big it was when it first came out. It had several hundred million views on YouTube. It was constantly played on the pop radio stations. It was also severely lacking in actual meaning. One of the lines is "I'm so 3008, you're so 2000 and late..." I loved that line when I used to love this song.
That was 10 years ago.
Half my life ago, this song came out.
It's just a song, doesn't really have any meaning in my life. In fact, before I took this job and succumbed to the macabre radio stations they played, I hadn't thought of this song in years. But then I heard it. And I heard it again. And again. And again. And again.
If you haven't gathered it thus far, my taste in music has drastically changed since I was 10 years old. Of course I still listen to some of the same old music and it holds a special place in my heart. However, corporate pop like this has all but faded into oblivion. If you're curious as to what I listen to now, I encourage you to follow me on Spotify. I can't really confine my music taste into one genre, or even several genres. Just look at my top playlist, which is currently over 800 songs long, and you can get a glimpse of my musical taste.
Anyways, I know this post is kind of ranting. It's not about sports or cars. It's just about what I'm feeling.
Emphasizing this feeling even more so is "The Hunger Games." This was one of my favorite series as a kid and it just turned 10 years old this year (the first book that is). I remember picking up "The Hunger Games" inside a Costco when I was looking for a book to read for the two weeks I would spend at my grandma's house in Washington over summer break. I thought it sounded interesting, and she bought it for me. I loved it from the beginning and it grew to being one of my favorite books of all time. (Side note- I plan on dedicating at least one blog post to GOATs)
That was half of my life ago.
Where will I be 10 years from now?
How about 20?
I don't know. And that's perfectly alright. I'm happy to let life unfold as it will. However, it is disconcerting that I can go years and years, without thinking of one of my favorite books, or songs (at the time, I can't emphasize that enough). But instead of letting this thought take me on a million tangents, like it usually does, I want to say one thing. One cliche thing.
It will be gone before you know it and you won't recollect what transpired until it is, insert cliche, too late.
I'm not saying you should live like you're dying and take all kinds of risks that you would never normally take. Save that for when you're 64 (obscure Beatles reference). Instead, just observe and absorb what happens everyday with absolute intentionality. That way, when you're feeling a bit aged, even though, in all likelihood, you're relatively young... you can enjoy your life knowing that you truly experienced each day.
I highly suggest you watch this. It is my favorite speech of all time. Being frank, it is one of only two speeches I have ever watched more than once. Take it in. Enjoy it. Let me know what you think. More importantly, let yourself know what you think by actively reflecting on your everyday thoughts and actions.
Thank you for reading these thoughts of mine