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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Out of Touch

I turned 34 this year. I'm not old. Thirty-four isn't old. However, it isn't young. My blood pressure is high. I have noticeable sun spots on my face. My finger nails aren't bright white and thick anymore. My teeth are staining. The point is, my body is aging. I'm ok with that, it's just that I didn't realize these changes would pile on all at once.

Something else that's surprising is just how out of touch I am with today's youth. One of my high school students recently asked me if I listen to rap music. I responded "sometimes", which is true thanks to the magic that is Pandora and iTunes Radio.  He followed up with "old rappers from a long time ago, or new rappers?"  Ouch. He just instinctively knew I must be an old school fan, and he was correct. I struggled to name some modern rappers, and could only come up with a couple. The only reason I could even name them was because they are sometimes written about online due to their romantic relationship drama. I've tried to like modern popular music, but it just doesn't seem like it's authentic or developed. Most modern popular music sounds very processed to me. It's difficult to enjoy when I can't connect and don't appreciate auto-tune or other electronic scrubbing.

Another area I struggle to connect with is current slang or phrases. I speak academic English because I work in a school. My social English is limited to, again, that which I developed when I was younger. Today I asked another student if he was going to have a party for graduation and he bashfully responded "Naw, I'm not 'bout that life."  I honestly have no idea what that means. Is he not into parties?  Does he dislike celebrating life's milestone achievements?  Perhaps he dislikes balloons and music?  I'm at a loss here. Rather than ask him to clarify, I just felt old.

Tomorrow morning I'm going to the doctor to inquire about my blood pressure and some other age-related health concerns. While I'm there, I'm going to request a prescription for some current rap music and a glossary of urban language. I'm bout that life, I think.

3 comments:

  1. En Septiembre voy a cumplir quince. Soy muy joven para ser una Sophmore pero en Mexico, estoy a la edad correcta porque Sophomore year seria 1ro de secundaria. Pero ahora he aprendido que no importa la edad. Hay Junior que estan en Freshman classes y cuando vine para aca, he tenido my buenas calificaciones y ahora en mi clase de matematicas, al parecer soy un genio.

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  2. En Septiembre voy a cumplir quince. Soy muy joven para ser una Sophmore pero en Mexico, estoy a la edad correcta porque Sophomore year seria 1ro de secundaria. Pero ahora he aprendido que no importa la edad. Hay Junior que estan en Freshman classes y cuando vine para aca, he tenido my buenas calificaciones y ahora en mi clase de matematicas, al parecer soy un genio.

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  3. Ha you're not old! Also about that rap music some of it is because you don't enjoy that music I also wouldn't be able to name rappers name.Why because I don't like that type of music I listened to it when I was like in 5th grade but never seemed to like it. Now I listen to christian music. It all started when I was trying a 30 day challange of only listening christian music nothing else. Also something that encouraged me is Mrs.Barroeta I was talking with Tristan and asked what type of music does your mom listen to that was when I was just getting to know her better and he said only christian and I was thinking how does she do that my parents are really christian and sometime they listen to something else beside that. So I decided that I need to change and be more like Mrs,Barroeta and not only that I had to change for God because I know he doesn't like me listening to other stuff beside things that have to do with him. In addition to that I enjoy classical music I love it i like to fall asleep to that its the best. But those slang words you need to get in with it so you can be even more cool ha. And I hope that everything went good with the doctor!

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