Issue #1: Aches & Pain
Had a conversation yesterday that reminded me of the time I went through an ergonomic phase. Before John left me his PC, I used my laptop all the time. In my final undergrad year, I started having more chronic muscle tension in my neck, shoulder and back. So I decided to buy a monitor raiser, keyboard and mouse tray and external keyboard and mouse. I thought back then quite resignedly that it was an age-related thing…because all those prior years I never had problems. Yesterday I realized that I was 23 back then when I thought I was getting old. *wry* Now I think 23 is young. It’s all relative, eh?
Issue #2: Closing the Gap
Wanting was talking to me about Calvin’s brother, Jason. And she was telling me about how cute (as in å¯çˆ±) he was, and how she felt older than him but that he was her age. After she talked about him a while more, I ended up responding with interest, ” Really? And he’s our age?” There was silence for a brief moment as Wanting looked at me. Then I burst out laughing when I realized I had said ‘our age’. I had in that moment forgotten that Wanting and I were 4 years apart.
It’s funny because I had recently been reflecting on how with a couple of my friends here in Toronto, I had felt the age-gap shrinking. It’s such that I’ve been thinking of them as less of a junior, and more and more just as a friend and peer, age not withstanding. Wanting is one of them. But I didn’t realize just how much I had stopped thinking about our age difference till today when I made that slip. Ting, if it makes any difference to you, I was probably bringing myself down to your age rather than pulling you up to mine :P
Congrats to Wanting for receiving her first job offer today! :)