March 30, 2006
I'll Be Old When I'm Dead
Up With Grups: The Ascendant Breed of Grown-Ups Who Are Redefining Adulthood [New York Magazine] Interesting article. Apparently those of us in our thirties and beyond are still living lifestyles that are more in keeping when we were twenty-somethings. The article is a good read, but I wonder if this is a big phenomenon, or just one that's been "observed" by the media.
How am I supposed to dress, what music is ok for me to listen to? I went through this crap as a teenager, as a twenty-something, and apparently this issue is still with us today. But the difference between when I was a teenager and now is that I'm not going to limit myself because of what other people might think. It doesn't make me cool, it doesn't make me a hipster (heaven forfend), it doesn't mean I'm holding on to lost youth. I just want to experience life as it interests me.
I have a full-time job, I have credit cards and student loans to pay off. Someday I will have a place I own instead of rent. But I'm not dead inside because I'm no longer in my twenties. Does anybody really think like that? That's the kind of attitude one ought to grow out of; that's the mark of being an adult. Being an adult doesn't mean having to be old.
Slightly apropos - a short funny bit from The Onion: Two Hipsters Angrily Call Each Other 'Hipster'