To the Me of Right Now

Photo by Andre Mouton

“Who’s this idiot?”

Jacob Lloyd, Minatorial Editor

To the Me of Right Now,

 

We both know that we don’t know everything. We don’t know what we want to be in the future. We don’t know what we want to do in life. We don’t know if there is even any meaning in our lives. But that won’t stop us from living life to its fullest.

 

Depending on our mood, we’re either the world’s greatest genius or it’s worst fool. Math is simply addition and subtraction. English is a bunch of words. History is memorization. Science is math with cringy mustache glasses as a disguise. But instead of breezing through all of our homework, we do nothing. Because doing nothing is easy.

 

Some people think doing something is better than nothing. We think the opposite. Given the choice, we will always do nothing. We will sleep for half our life and lay in bed for the rest. If sloth is a sin, Satan can kiss our feet.

 

Graduation is right around the corner. Two weeks from now, we will be forced into the real world. And we are not prepared. We don’t know what doctors are under our insurance. We don’t even know if we have insurance. What really is insurance? There’s so much we don’t know.

 

Where will we go from here? College costs an arm and a leg, and half of the jobs you can get from it care more about your connections than your grades. How about a technical job? Every single position, entry level included, needs experience. How are we supposed to get experience without having any experience? An internship that barely pays better than slavery? We both know we won’t last months working for pennies.

 

Even if we get a job, we still don’t understand money. If we didn’t Google it seconds ago, we’d think 1040, 1041, and W-4 were random numbers and letters, not tax papers. What’s a 401K? Investments—can you eat them? And don’t get us started on budgeting.

 

Where are we going to live? The housing market doesn’t make any sense. The cheapest homes cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. All we’ve heard about apartments is landlord horror stories. Luckily, we have a caring family who won’t mind us staying at home for a while, but we both know that won’t last forever.

 

The first test of time is right in front of us, and we didn’t cram last night. Come to think of it, we didn’t study at all. But even so, we won’t let it get the best of us. Someway, somehow, we will come out on top. Or at least somewhere in the middle. And we’ll laugh the entire time.

 

We might be self-proclaimed geniuses. We might be self-proclaimed fools. We might be lazy above all else. We might not know anything at all. But we’ll figure out insurance, get a good job, and buy a house. I know this, because I trust you. Don’t let me down.

 

Sincerely,

The Me of Right Now