we write stories to feel better when things get hard,
and to be there with you through your hardships:
turst me, life is great.
It’s almost midnight and the endless scrolling through pictures, memories and messages left on “read” are keeping you awake again. The sun has settled for the night, while the moon has taken over lighting up the darken sky.
I understand that this is your first month on the job and I can imagine you’d have a lot of catching up to do. After everything that happened during the time your predecessor was in charge, here are a few notes:
It’s 10am on Monday when your boss comes you over and asks: “Max can I see you in the main boardroom? We need to talk.” Like in any relationship, those are the deadliest words in modern society.
You’ve been waiting for a reply ever since you hit that send button. The nerves are getting to you, to the point that you forgot the last message you sent. It’s the modern tragedy of being left on “Read”.
The oversized digital display reads “Home: 46 / Visitors: 44 – 4.30 seconds”. Your sudden tunnel vision prevents you from distinguishing the numbers. There’s no escaping the running countdown to reality.
The voices from your television slowly fade away, as you crawl under your bed to grasp your textbooks. You notice that they have accumulated a dark grey layer of dust. You sigh: “Uugh here we go again”. It’s that time of the year; a new class is in session.
The year was 2004, and my life felt like every teenage movie out there; surrounded by Mean Girls, while being in love with The Girl Next Door, and even after my 50 First Dates I couldn’t get my first kiss. They had told me once, life was just a Simple Plan.
The sun is out, music is loud, people are all around, and food is being sold by the pound. Whether it is a big national festival or a more local gathering, grab your fanny pack and enter the grounds of FunFest: A Celebration of Life.
The sun is glistening into your bedroom, your calendar is blank and your significant other is still sleeping under the duvet blankets. For this brief moment there are no worries of budget, sales or contracts, and your email auto-reply is currently “currently out of office”.