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No time for living

January 30, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

I tend to be a very “for the moment” kind of guy, not worrying too much about what’s going to happen in the future. Yes, I will put in enough thought to say, “I probably shouldn’t pull that street lamp out of the ground,” but I couldn’t tell you what I’m doing after I graduate college in a little over two years.

Lately, though, it has seemed that every time I turn around, I need to make another life-altering decision. Is my schedule ready for next year? What am I going to write my thesis on? What am I doing after college? Where will I go to grad school? Are my resumes ready? These are all questions that I’ve had to at least consider during the past week.

Granted, this feeling is a little magnified by the fact that I’m taking several junior/senior level classes—classes that are attempting to prepare the students for “the real world.” (From what I hear about it, it’s a scary place full of economic woes, environmental problems, and no one accepts LionCash.) I’ve had to build two resumes and cover letters for an English class. My physics seminar has bombarded me with talks from professionals who want me to come work at their corporation after I graduate. It can be a little overwhelming at times.

Even when I was sitting around with my friends this evening (all in the same year as me), I realized that many of them will be graduating a year early and won’t be around much longer. A few of them have already started working on their senior theses; I still haven’t considered what to do with my junior year.

They say that the world moves just a little bit faster as you get older, since your ultimate frame of reference—the length of your life—is just a little bit longer. At 100 years old, a year is only 1% of your life, so it passes by in the blink of an eye. Right now, a year is 5% of my life. If the world is moving fast now, what will it be like five times faster?

Go, go, Speed Racer

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