Getting Serious

Rainbows End, 2015 (Photo Credit: Christian Espinoza)

At what age does seriousness kick in?

As a child I thought that one day I would be a grown up and I can make big decisions. The notion of having seriousness didn’t enter my thought process, I was too busy watching Hulk Hogan wrestle Andre the Giant, this was serious enough.

Fast forward to my teens. Suddenly everything made sense! I knew everything, and best of all I was invincible. This was great, all I needed was to ignore this overpowering sense of peer pressure and the incessant need to be liked. Still though, I was living my best life, I had my friends all around, and 90’s music ruled. Now all I had to do was wait for the seriousness to kick in.

University was like a new age of discovery for me. Suddenly it was fun to learn, not like high school. We played Hacky sack (aka footbag), developed coffee addictions, and on occasion handed in assignments and you know, did some work. I waited for it, but still no seriousness.

Then I stepped into… the real world. Not the MTV reality show (for those who may not remember: THIS) but the actual real world. I got a job, then another job, and then I went traveling, came back and then got another job, met a girl, inherited a son, got married, started a company, traveled a bit more, and suddenly I started to feel it. I think I caught the seriousness, and it lingered.

Fast forward another ten years. The now. I am an adult, my son is a teenager, I am well removed from what is now considered to be cool (it’s not 90’s-level cool though), and I think I’ve lost the seriousness again. It’s nearly all gone now, which is great because I can breather easier, I don’t have headaches anymore, and I can go out and have fun with my friends. It did leave a few grey hairs and lines on my face though.

So what I noticed is that the seriousness will come, stay for a while, and then you get over it.

Why so serious?”

Heath Ledger as The Joker