I usually don’t know until Sunday night or Monday morning what my unifying direction will be in a ReadRightNow post. I gather articles over the span of a week, pick a few to share with you, and then organize them around a central idea.
This week’s idea: I realized this weekend that I’m getting old.
I’m not old. Duh. I’m 28, and I’m healthy, and it’s all good. But comparatively speaking, I’m getting old. How do I know this?
1. Every time I work out, I feel like I need a nap, a massage, and to never work out again. It gets better, sure, but my feet and my hips have hurt all weekend because of working out.
2. I watched the VMAs on Sunday night, and instead of enjoying the performance (with noted exceptions of the dizzying Justin Timberlake/NSYNC fever dream and the touching performance by Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert), I found myself wanting to throw more clothes at Miley Cyrus and ask people to make more coherent, intelligent thank-you speeches. I’m officially too old for the MTV awards.
3. I got so excited over open-stock flatware being on sale at Cost Plus World Market that I was afraid I was drawing attention to myself. Not the good kind.
So in light of my new recognition of getting older, this week’s links are a collection of throw-backs to my youth, corrections on commonly accepted knowledge, and a look to the future.
ReadRightNow: August 26, 2013
- God bless BuzzFeed for their lists about nearly everything, including this delightful collection of 35 Signs You Grew Up in Atlanta. I identify with almost every one of the items on the list.
- But you know what? Not everyone grew up in Atlanta. But in the spirit of the VMAs, and my recognition of getting older, and the absolute Twitter-Facebook-explosion of twenty-somethings (and beyond) squealing wit joy over a 30-second NSYNC reunion, I submit this list of 12 NSYNC Hits Updated for Their Now Twentysomething Fan Base.
- What was on your required reading list in high school? I remember my teacher reading (out loud) to us The Red Badge of Courage (I slept through part of that – karma bit me in the ass with every student who slept through my classes), as well as Frankenstein, Beowulf (an experience I got to repeat in college), Silas Marner, and come to think of it, Edith Wharton, Mary Shelley, and George Eliot were the only women we read. But now, we can also see how our required reading lists stacked up against those in the past.
- Okay, so you know how you get a pack of chicken, and before cooking it, you wash and dry it? You know how Julia Child said to do it, and so therefore it was gospel (duh)? Apparently, you don’t have to wash chicken before you cook it, AND it’s actually considered more sanitary not to wash it. Mind blown.
- This just in: what you eat can affect your health. And an article on Huffington Post has alerted us, once again, to the truth that for longer life and better health, you should eat real food. So put down your Go-gurt and your morning Pop-Tart and have some fruit. Like, from the produce section.
And now, I’ll try to un-see the Miley Cyrus VMA performance and drink hot tea and read poetry because I’m old now, and that’s what I do.