I mean, being 22 makes you 22. There’s not necessarily a specific set of experiences you’re supposed to be having at a specific age. You can have adventures like you’re in Harold and Maude one day if you want to. Also, hell, Carrie Bradshaw was in her 30′s. We have no idea what she was doing at 22. She could have been married to an accountant and raising a family in Dayton for all we know.
From everyone else’s perspective, you can still look forward to the character-building experience of having something you wrote widely ridiculed on the internet. And I can tell you from experience, Taylor: the worst part is when you realize that you weren’t even paid for it. Never underestimate the character-building situations that you can get yourself in, just by being a 22-year-old who is complaining about having a stable income during the worst recession in living memory.
Dude. I’m still curious about what it would be like to be a grifter. (In my childhood, I only Barbara Stanwyck in The Lady Eve and Tatum O’Neal in Paper Moon for role models).
It’s the nature of life to be curious about roads you didn’t take. I think that, admittedly, this editorial assistant job that Taylor has landed is not going to set the course for her life the way she imagines it will, but frankly, I don’t think any of the choices she’s making are bad. And more importantly, I think she’s making a choice, and with that comes questions about what would have happened if she’d made a different choice. This sounds like a good choice. Good for her for deciding to take a job that it sounds like she’s well qualified to do. I’d say good for her for also having the intellectual curiosity to wonder about how her life might have played out if she made different choices, but then I’d just be congratulating her for being a human.
Being employed – even in the worst recession in living memory – doesn’t mean that you don’t wonder about other roads you could have taken. Especially when they’re the roads everyone has been telling you you’re going to have to take.
But Christ, young women do need to stop modeling their lives off of HBO shows. For everyone’s sake.