Seriously–I can watch John Hughes movies (research), or SUPERBAD (research) and take YouTube recommendations from my students (research), like “I’m On a Boat” and “Dick in A Box” (OMFG ROFLMAO), plus I can curse and wear Chuck Taylors and text (at which, for the record, I suck). Yeah, other grownups do this stuff. But do they do it for RESEARCH? For their JOB? Not likely! Ha ha. I rule.
Of course my teenage years were gross, for various reasons, just like most people’s were. The biggest legacy of that time: a perpetual view as an outsider, even though I can appear very insider-ish. More about this in another post. But it begs the question: if my own adolescence sucked, why would I want to do it again?
Because it’s BETTER this time–different people, more money, no parents, a less isolated place, and a much better mindset, because the stakes are lower. I am having SO MUCH MORE FUN. More on that later, too. I was waywaywaywayway too serious.
Plus there are fewer pimples and less boyfriend angst.