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On Adulthood

I’m going to write a book called, “How to Live Through Your 20s.” The main point of the book is going to be, “Don’t worry about it until you’re 30.”

The fact that generations of people have some how stumbled through those uncomfortable years between college and true adulthood, yet there still aren’t any guidelines to follow is astounding. At least to me.

I mean, you’re guided through your first 20 years or so by parents and family and other “real” adults, and then they just sort of drop you on your ass. You graduate high school, they guide you into college, then you graduate college and that’s it, suddenly their advice runs out. And there you are, lost and left to your own devices.

Which, between the ages of 21 and oh, the rest of your life, “devices” is code for alcohol.

And since alcohol costs money, you get a job, more than likely not related to your degree (since no one will hire you without experience) and you live paycheck to paycheck, planning your days around which bars have what specials on which day. Not to mention you’re constantly worried about paying bills and loans and having enough money to survive, but somehow in the end, it all works out.

Eventually you land yourself a “real” job and it’s like an oasis. All of your monetary worries melt away and you fall into a routine and you’ve settled, and now you have new things to worry you. Like when you’re gonna fall in love and get married.

I mean, that’s how it works right? Adulthood means working 9 to 5 and having a family and that’s it, your life is finalized, right?

But really, when did being 23 mean you’re an “adult?”

In a few weeks, I start my first “real” job. And while I’m honestly SUPER excited for it, I can’t help but feel a little bit like, I’m one step closer to settling. It’s exactly what I thought I was supposed to do, but without guidelines what is anyone really “supposed” to do?

I’m sure I’ll be able to figure it all out in the end. Like I said, generations of others have done it before me, maybe it’s best to just roll with it. Do whatever I want, whatever makes me happy. “Do me,” if you will. I AM only 23…

I think I’ll be selfish for awhile and just worry about it when I get to 30. Maybe then I’ll reassess. 30 is the new 20 after all.

Signed,

“This girl”

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Home sweet home

I’m pretty fired up about a few different topics today.

Mostly the fact that having an education and ambition and a good work ethic really gets you nowhere…but I digress. There are more pressing issues, like the seeming overabundance of crazy juice in my small hometown of Ellwood City.

Gigapan of Lawrence Avenue. Ellwood City.

With less than 10,000 residents, Ellwood is a town (actually, it’s a borough but whatever) where everyone knows everyone. The town is small and the families are big and most have lived there for generation after generation, my own family included. The mean age of the residents is probably around 60 and it USED to be a relatively safe place to live, now though, it’s kind of a cross between a retirement community and a drug hub.

However, the drugs don’t seem to be the root of Ellwood’s problems, unless someone has bottled the crazy juice that everyone there keeps drinking and is illegally selling it. Let me explain…

Today I learned (via WPXI) that the father of a pretty well known family and owner of a local funeral home was arrested for sexual assault after he allegedly walked into a female neighbor’s home while she was asleep and her boyfriend was outside, when the woman woke up, the “local businessman” was on top of her.

This is the third “WTF” incident in Ellwood over the last few months.  The first being when a man in his 20s senselessly strangled his 20 year-old girlfriend/the mother of his baby to death in May. (More on this story…)

Then, in June a science teacher at the high school was charged with beating the shit out of a man who the teacher believed his wife cheated on him with.  Not to mention his kids were present when the beating occurred. (More on this story…)

(*Disclaimer: Included links are from the Ellwood City Ledger, which may not actually be 100% factual based on their track record. They’re the best I could find though.*)

Seriously, WHAT THE FUCK? What are these people thinking? Maybe they’re driven solely by anger or desire, but consider the consequences! There must be something in the water in my small, once safe hometown that clouds one’s ability to take a second to think about what they’re doing before they actually do it.

I mean, watch some porn, take up kickboxing, see a therapist! PROBLEMS SOLVED. No need to completely lose your shit.  Really though, when you live in a community of about 8,000 people, you think they aren’t all going to talk? It’s small town suicide.

As much as this is a rant, it’s also somewhat of a P.S.A.

Dear people of Ellwood, STOP DRINKING THE CRAZY JUICE. Or maybe just take a second to value your own life, as well as the lives of EVERYONE around you and think about whatever crime you’re about to commit. You’re embarrassing yourself and making the rest of us “Ellwoodians” (Donnie Iris included) look bad.

Signed,

This girl

This girl has opinions…

Like millions of other Americans, I find myself complaining a lot.  I also have no qualms with sharing those complaints and I just so happen to have the educational background to share them in a written public forum, hence the birth of this blog.

Some might call me a bitch, but I prefer brazen, even feisty.

I’m going to do my best to make this blog as entertaining as possible while also providing some level of education. While it’s going to be a lot of me just bitching, at least it will be witty.

Normally, I’m a fashion writer so there are probably going to be a lot of posts on things like my hatred for maxi dresses and how camisoles are not meant to be worn alone, but there will also be posts on the many things that irk me in entertainment, politics, behaviors and my many day-to-day encounters with ignorance.

The educational factor will come in as I try to bolster my annoyances with some facts.  I encourage anyone who actually ends up reading this to share their own opinions and comment in agreement, or even more so, in disagreement.  I love a good argument.

I hope that at least some of you will find it humorous or mildly interesting at best, and moderately irritating at worst.

Also, if anyone notices this blog turning into some sort of online journal where all I do is tell boring stories about my painfully mundane life, please inform me immediately.  That is not the direction or intent I have for this blog.  It is meant to be current, accurate and really a way to not only keep me on my toes, but to keep me doing what I love, writing.

And write I will, because I’ll always have an opinion on something.

Signed,

Brooke a.k.a. “This girl”