I recently spoke with my dear ole friend Tom Paradise on the cellular telephone, and we joked about how mundane life after college is. After a few stories that should have been pointless but were somehow hilarious, I thought aloud (as I usually do), “We should document a year of life after college…the monotony of each day is pathetic but potentially really funny!” So what has resulted on my end of things is a more well-kept daily journal that doesn’t say much, but somehow covers my day-to-day activities.
Last night, we had our LVC fundraiser – “Just Desserts” – and I auctioned off a basket and 2 matching coasters that I wove. I have really gotten into basketweaving this year…sort of an easy (usually) mindless way to satisfy a few of my artistic cravings. Anyway, it got me thinking about the hobbies we pick up after college. Here’s my latest entry:
Chapter 3, 4.22.09
I recently made the discovery that I can keep both my personal gmail account and my work gmail account open at the same time if I open one with Firefox and the other with Internet Explorer. This was a grand discovery. Now I can receive all incoming emails even more instantaneously than before, staying updated on every aspect of my personal life while working. Yessss.
The truth is that your average job does not challenge the amount of knowledge you received through college nearly enough. On top of that, college surrounds you with a constantly changing environment. If you are one of the many lucky individuals that works primarily at a computer in an office all day, you will understand what I mean when I say that life after college is rather dull. Living in a house with 5 other newly-grads, I am often amused by the stories we tell each day from work. We are all striving to be intellectually stimulated, but feeling largely dragged down by the temptation to be lazy and bored, even though we don’t actually enjoy doing nothing on a regular basis.
As a result, I’ve found that people fresh out of college tend to take up strange hobbies. For example, my friend Tom works at a music store. He says he usually finishes the work he has to do each day by around 10:30am. (I know this feeling all too well.) So, lately, he has been researching the history of rock and roll online in a desperate effort to feel like he accomplished something or learned something knew each day. I encouraged him to go ahead and write a huge paper on it and get it published! May as well build your resume if you’re bored, right?
As for me, I’ve been trying to learn Spanish. Just for funsies. If I have the time to check my email another hundred times, I might as well learn a new language, right? I also had dreams of growing as a painter and practicing piano every day! Instead, I seem to have dumbed those ideals down to basket weaving and pounding out some Sara Bareilles if I’m feeling lucky or especially emotional.
We twentysomethings are insatiable, really. We have a thirst for knowledge and challenges and problem-solving, and quite frankly, I don’t think the world is putting us to good use. Now it’s possible that I’m just in the “wrong” job, but I don’t think that’s totally it. There is a lot of creativity in this world going to waste…which is a real shame because there are a lot of uses for it. Hmmm…gotta go check my email…