And then, those adults who asked me the "What are you studying in college?" question give me the blankest stares I've ever seen.
I'm almost two decades old, now. It's the strangest thing to be a young adult -- seriously, this is my demographic now??? I can't call myself or my peers "kids" anymore? It's unnerving, I tell you. I'm so close to growing up that I'm beginning to fear growing old.
At the same time, I worry that it's because the younger generation (by what, six years LOL?) is growing so quickly that they're becoming the new trends. I think a good deal of you reading this are in this teenage group.
I honestly look at entertainment these days and feel like I need to keep up with the times. Anything considered extreme or edgy are directed towards teenagers now (or at at least collaterally), especially between the ages 13-17. I guess it's because kids are growing up faster now. D: And this is reflected in my school.
You know that movie Zombieland? With Jesse Eisenberg, and the elusives Twinkies, and all that good
Hell to yeah, we (a full theater of SCAD students) enjoyed that movie. But we're the audience that considers ourselves "childish/child-like" (though that seems to be a description so many art students claim to exemplify, that it's becoming its own conformist stereotype alongside "quirky but super interesting" and "mature and way beyond comprehension" and OKAY LET'S NOT GET INTO THAT BECAUSE WE'RE DERAILING OFF TOPIC). Judging by the loud bass beats and shrill screams rocking my dorms, I can't help but feel that most of my peers are still viewing the college experience through high school eyes.
But it's not TV/movies or video games that surprise me as much as MUSIC in America. I NEVER noticed this until recently, but the American Top 40s mostly consist of dysfunctional relationships, partying it up all night, or just plain sex. And at my age, I think, "This is fine for me. I've heard it all before. But what about the younger, more impressionable generation?"
And then it dawns on me that when I was younger and more impressionable, this kind of music was where I learned all of these lovely themes from. And I grew up pretty okay. x'D
So I guess what I'm trying to express is that I really shouldn't be worried about our society's morality? Or I shouldn't fear growing old? Or what? I'm not sure, it's sort of a ramble for me. ANYWAY.
The times now just seem to be gearing toward the young, and stars and literary heroes have been getting younger and younger anyway for the past... century, at least? And I come to this conclusion now? Geez, I swear I'm getting slower as I age. Err, again, ANYWAY.
So I really hope you guys are enjoying your childhood and teenager...hood. xD I rarely appreciated how neat it was. Despite the limitations set by guardians and the law, you and the media influence each other so heavily that you're the trendsetters now! Or am I terribly mistaken, hahaha~?
And for me and my decade, I guess we'd best go on and enjoy our 20's before they end. The world still is still eyeing us warily, too. x'D At least, that's what I feel. How about you?
And those of you who are a tad older but are still reading this (probably shaking your head like those who know better), any advice to the younger and stupider generation who still think we know everything?
I dunno, I always think age is a nifty subject that can be approached from many different studies. Art, entertainment, psychology, education, and so forth. :]
And if you think I'm just completely off base and there's no meaning to life or age because we all turn into dust and the sun's just going to swallow up the entire solar system in 4 billion years anyway, SO WHO CARES GAHHHH???
Please. I've had enough of Existentialism from Grendel and Shadow!Teddy from P4. OTL
TR;DR: LOL, FINE, BE THAT WAY. D<
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