It is strangely fitting that my first post comes several days after my 21st birthday. This is not to say I am a significant consumer of alcohol: I’m not. Rather, I can’t help but feel as if I am only now, at 21, beginning to find my voice. This discovery is happening while upwards of 75% of my “significant” birthdays are in the rear view. My birthday is in late May, so growing up it always felt like simply completing a year of school justified a party. This meant that every birthday was significant… while the parties felt undeserved.
Looking backward, I think that some of the emphasis on birthdays should come at a time when we as individuals are more secure. I am just now starting to narrow my interests and find focus. In the past, celebrating the passing of a year without seeing much progress was depressing. “What do I really have to celebrate other than this number?”
Looking forward however, there are not many major birthdays left to celebrate. Sure, 25 is a milestone—a quarter century. 30 is tricky. 50 is a crisis. But, as of 4 days ago, I am a full-fledged adult. I have the same rights that my father does (minus rental cars and a presidential candidacy). But have I really done anything worthy of celebrating?!?!
I have several goals for this summer. Most of these goals revolve around writing, analysis, problem solving, and self-education. As such, I hope to use this blog as a way to chronicle and share what I learn along the way. Next year, I want to celebrate 22 with a genuine smile, knowing that the past year was not passively spent.
With that in mind, thank you for joining me. I hope to offer up a variety of insight in this setting. Though most of it will focus on music, technology, and the Internet. I hope to hit on many other topics as well. Feel free to comment, criticize, or argue… because, well, haters gonna hate.