Twenty: Adulthood Purgatory or Opportunity to be Oneself?

In approximately 52 minutes (as of the start of this entry) I will be twenty years of age. That’s about or 175,200 hours, 10,512,000 minutes, or 630,720,000 seconds that I have spent on this God-given earth (not accounting for leap years, so that calculation is a off give or take 5 days, so in essence it’s 7305 days, or 175,320 hours, or 10,519,200 minutes…you get the point).

One might ask what the hell is so significant about twenty. I can’t “legally” drink. I’m no longer a teenager, but not quite an “adult,” so what gives? I’m tossed into this limbo stuck between two lives, at least, if seen from one perspective. On the other hand, I’m still in college: free from absolute responsibility of my life, yet free enough to make own choices and explore avenues not yet seen. Yet it’s also a time of transition. It’s a time to start putting aside childish things in preparation for the future.

I was watching the movie Hackers (an unrealistic, yet distinct caricature of the internet subculture brewing in basements and garages all over the world) when Cereal pointed out a verse from the bible before waging war against an antagonist hacker with a plot to steal millions of dollars from a corporate giant:

When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things.

-1 Corinthians 13:11

So the real question for me to reflect on this year is: How will i put aside these childish things and live like a man? The answer: I’ll tell you a year from now.


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