June 10, 2009

Getting "It" Out of Your System


Some men look back at their adolescent years with regret, wishing they had sowed more wild oats before settling down.

Let's break that logic today. The only reason this idea works is that once you experience "it", "settling down" looks a whole lot better. It's not like "it" is some ecstasy experience you partake of once and then, like a monk, selflessly resign yourself over to a life of estheticism. No one would do that. The only reason getting "it" out of your system works is that you realize how crappy "it" really is.

And we can see that even without experiencing it ourselves, due to the fact that so few men choose to reside in that state of life permanently. You don't need to experience AIDS for yourself to realize it sucks. Learn from other's mistakes.

4 comments:

MicroGlyphics said...

Can you really get it out of your system? Is this a manifestation of diminishing marginal returns—by the time one reaches a hundred, a thousand, or ten experiences, the marginal utility of it is approaching zero?

Interesting, this is. For all intents and purposes, I took every opportunity (most of them anyway) to get it out, depending what it is— reminiscent of what is is, I know. I decided to enter into the entertainment industry after high school, consciously to avoid reaching 40 (or some arbitrary age) and reflecting "I wish I had done whatever." All of this said, it doesn't mean I don't sometimes pine for the old days, for better and for worse.

Eric Olsen said...

Bry, please make sure that you keep it to a 7th grade reading level and under. My readers may be brilliant, but that doesn't mean they're fully literate. But as we proved yesterday, that doesn't really matter anyway :)

Bobby Teenager said...

I got enough of it out of my system in the bathroom in 7th grade.

LizM said...

Oh that's just wrong....