An interesting read.
“There is a certain terror that goes along with saying “My life is up to me.” It is scary to realize there’s no magic, you can’t just wait around, no one can really rescue you, and you have to do something.” -Meg Jay
This is the TED talk that served as the inspiration for my blog. So often when we think about Adult Development and Aging we think about what happens later on in life, closer to the end of the spectrum. We live in a culture, unlike generations before us, that says it’s ok to wait to start a family, career, and independent life. This is something that I find particularly interesting because of the different social contexts that I find myself in. As a student at a college with a large number of non-traditional students I see people with families, children, and even grandchildren that are going back to school to start and facing the prospect of establishing themselves in new fields at an older age with a vast amount of life experience under their belts. I also work in the food service industry, a place that often becomes a wasteland of over qualified college graduates who become stuck for various reasons. For some it’s the lack of job opportunities in their field coupled with crippling student loan debt, for others it’s easy money and a way to continue a lifestyle of partying that began in college. I think it can be really scary, the whole growing up process that is. The 20’s are that decade much like adolescence where you have to develop that sense of autonomy and independence (on a larger scale) and figure out what it means to be an “adult”, you have to realize that you have endless possibilities and your goals are attainable if you put in the time and effort to make it happen.
Kepler and his biggest fan.
Portrait of Kepler from The Moon Hoax; or, a discovery that the moon has a vast population of human beings. By Richard Adams Locke. 1859
(fan actually from this book - artistic license )