Stuck in a Bubble

“I view my own life in this lens of a character arc. That there are certain ways life is supposed to go. I guess growing up means understanding more and more that life can go in so any different directions and then being okay with that.”

– A Dear Friend

I’ve been traveling back and forth between LA and SF a lot these past few months. It’s been a mix of hanging out with family, catching up with old friends, and figuring out just what it means to be in your 20’s and “grow up”.

A lot of us have preconceived notions of what our life will look like in 5, 10, 20 years and so on; God-willing we will live the lives we hope for, but even within a quarter century of life, it’s clear to me that things don’t always turn out the way you’ve anticipated them to.

Three of my high school friends and I have a collaborative notebook we pass around whenever we see each other. The quote above is something one of them wrote – just some food for thought. It’s been a good reminder amidst conversations that always seem to be centered on careers and futures, and people that feel the need to act like they have it all put together.

Illustration by Jenny Yu.


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