When you’re a teen, being in your 20’s seems glamorous. Having a job, a house, and your own car is what people dream of. I used to think that people in their 20’s partied all the time, got dressed up to go out to bars, and had fabulous plans with friends every day of the week.
Now I’m here. In my 20’s. And there’s not a whole lot of glamorous about it. There are days and moments that could qualify and don’t get me wrong, I love my life. But a picture for you of what my evening as a 20 something actually looks like. I live with two other people. Shortly after dinner tonight, as on many other nights, we all go to separate rooms and watch Netflix.
It was kind of like the line in The Night Before Christmas when, “All through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” Everything was peaceful, then, suddenly, the internet went down. Within seconds, I could hear my roommate upstairs out of her bed and walking about. My roommate downstairs actually came out of her room and asked what was going on. I was already off the couch sitting in the floor in front of the router as though staring a hole in it would somehow fix the problem and put Scandal back on for me. My roommate retreated to her room and paced about as I waited, continuing to stare at the router as though it would fix itself (technology has made some serious progress in my lifetime, a girl can dream!).
Eventually I did what every non-tech-savvy person does and pulled the power cord out. I waited the obligatory 10 seconds, for which I have never understood the purpose, then turned it back on again. One by one, each light came on down the router. I don’t know what they mean, but the one with little ‘i’ seems to indicate that the internet is functional. I called to my roommate to tell her to check hers and we both waited with bated breath as our televisions loaded the red screen of Netflix revived. There was literally cheering involved.
Then the night went back to normal. Everyone settled in their places. Three 20 somethings, all in different rooms, watching Netflix. Not glamorous. Just reality. And some really good television.