birthdays! They happen once every 365 days, to celebrate the completion of another orbit around the sun since your last birthday, and coincidentally it’s the only thing I never remember. After a certain age threshold, birthdays seem to start approaching, and before you know it another year has already passed. Believe it or not, we’re about a month away from the Impenetrable 2022, which is 10 years from 2012, shared by the sci-fi disaster film of the same name where the world almost ended.
If I’m being honest, that whole âgrowing upâ thing hasn’t grown inside of me yet. When I hit 18 and was finally allowed to do some real adult legal stuff like being able to go out after 10pm and learn to do taxes (thanks, mom), I thought that I would instantly transform into this amazing and better version. of me. But alas, despite the experience, I’m still terrified of flying alone and driving. I am also not financially inclined, as you can see from my food points, or rather my lack of them.
Even now, I’m still looking for a one-way ticket to Neverland. Me? To be a responsible and productive member of society? You see, I can be physically (and, for the most part, mentally) responsive, but be responsible this is where I draw the line. As a child, I thought dogs could time travel because they age 7 times faster than humans. My only birthday meant seven cookie cakes for our dog. As such, I was determined to know that I had always wanted to travel to the future, but now I just want to travel to the past and spend time with myself younger, as we face off against a PokÃ©mon match on Nintendo DS. . On the one hand, I want to see if virtual reality (Metaverse cough cough) has taken over our daily lives, but on the other hand, I’m afraid to meet in the future, as we look at each other in disappointment: “Oh, so that didn’t work, eh.” Birthdays are not the time to worry about existentialism anyway, that’s what non-birthdays are for.
Taiwan still maintains its two-week quarantine mandate for all visitors, and since I will likely not be able to stay in my dorm during the winter break, I will be heading back to a small hotel room in Taipei, where I will be celebrating my first one. birthday in quarantine. The Birthday Paradox states that out of a random group of 23 people, there is a 50% chance that two of them will share a birthday. About 20% of the student body is made up of international students. So, using the power of math, we can reasonably deduce that someone, like me, will be having their birthday in quarantine! I know, exciting.
Call family and friends
Quarantine can be lonely, but it doesn’t have to be. Just because they’re not next to you doesn’t mean they can’t be with you. Maybe instead of a cake everyone can share a blueberry muffin, or even host an online cooking session, where one person walks everyone through the steps of making rice krispies or making rice krispies. ‘another dessert. Getting connected digitally has never been easier. In fact, if you’re in the mood, a few spins of skribbl.io or Gartic Phone are sure to cheer everyone up. No artistic experience is required, just two hands and the screen.
Spotify Wrapped is out, and you know what that means.
To be fair, there’s nothing quite like watching neon lights twinkle above the moon-golden city, while listening to the âslow-mo and reverberatedâ version of Winter Aid’s The Wisp Sings. It’s like passing the flame from one candle to another. We spend so much time trying to make sense of the nonsense around us, trying to find the extraordinary in the ordinary, that it becomes so easy to lose track of where or who we are. Eventually, we stop seeing parts of the world around us.
But with the music everything seems to fall back into place, and suddenly the things that we have spent so much time worrying about become meaningless. Music is your personal room, where you can scream, cry, laugh as much as you want, where you can let it all out. So put on headphones (or even speakers if there is no one around), and enjoy the ride.
More so, start a Spotify group session with your family or friends and share your favorite songs! Life isn’t life without a good soundtrack to back it up, and who better to share your soundtrack than with those you love the most?
Start an ASMR Mukbang channel
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I’m not kidding, you won’t believe the income generated by these channels. Plus, all you really need is your phone and some good, crispy food. Imagine how much you can buy on Amazon with this income, maybe even redecorate your hotel room.
Remember that every day is a birthday for someone, so celebrate each day as if you were celebrating your own birthday.
Spencer Chang is a freshman at Trinity. His column is broadcast every other Thursday.