Enjoy being yourself before putting on the business suit
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 23:09
I think the biggest question left unanswered in this world of ours is, “Why do people watch cute videos of puppies and babies interacting and then feel the need to complain about them?” No lie, this is a thing. I watched a video of a golden retriever puppy playing with a nine-month-old on the Huffington Post, and the commentators were complaining that the puppy could have harmed the baby and vice-versa. Yes, it could have happened. I might add a second after the video was finished, the baby could have picked the puppy up by its tail and flung it to China, or the puppy could have swallowed the baby whole. But nothing happened in the video, so why think about the worst?
Sadly, this trend seems to have spread to our generation too, and not just on YouTube. I was shocked by how many of my peers reacted to the I’m Shmacked incident two weeks ago. I feel these people are way too eager to put on suits and enter the real world. The fact that those of us in our early 20s are “ashamed” and “angry” at our peers for being young and foolish worries me to no end. The world is a scary place at the moment, and the fact that everyone has taken this high and mighty attitude doesn’t bode well for our futures.
The fact that many people have prematurely lost their youth and foolishness makes the fact that I listen to classic rock all the time instead of Taylor Swift and that I dress like I’m going to the 1987 Australian Open seem almost trendy and hip. Evidently Huey Lewis and the News were right—it’s hip to be square.
It also says to me that there are probably going to be a lot of very strict parents who won’t teach their kids how to have fun. Thinking back to my own childhood, I remember not only did my father teach me how to be young and foolish, but my mother, the one who made sure I looked nice for every doctor’s appointment and school photo, did as well. Surprisingly, she taught me that bodily functions, when used correctly, can be a source of humor.
So let me pass on some words of wisdom from a wise philosopher. He’s no Plato or Socrates, but former Managing Sports Editor at The Review Dan McInerney, the older brother I now wish I always had, told me once to not take myself so seriously when I do my job. Every time we have a snafu when we’re trying to put out this publication, I remember what he taught me and relax, because the problem can be solved without stress. So to you, I say, don’t take your life so seriously, or it will be nasty and brief.
Here’s an idea: the next time it rains, you and a friend must slap on a pair of Wellington Boots, pretend they’re magical and then see what adventures can be had, whether it be puddle jumping, strolling through fields or if you’re so inclined, a soggy kiss under a big oak tree. The possibilities are endless if you just know what to do. So don’t slap on that suit just yet. Have some fun first.