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Aug. 11th, 2009 09:02 pm
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One of the things I like about having friends is that they can do stuff I wouldn't do and I can see how it works. It's a very low-cost way of expanding my horizons.

One of my horizons that maybe needs expanding is my vision of what adult life is supposed to look like. I think I have a fairly rigid, implicit idea of The Responsible Adult Thing, and it looks very placid, all the ducks lined up just so. But I know some perfectly responsible adults who have done all manner of wild things involving career changes and unexpected moves and extra degrees and family upheavals and visa struggles and houses bought and rented and sold again, and somehow they all seem to land on their feet.

Thanks to everyone out there who's done something crazy while I was watching. It's good for me.

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Date: 2009-08-12 02:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leora.livejournal.com
Ever since I read a bit about a study where a scientist put a bunch of ducks in a row and found that the ones in the center slept fully and the two on each end only slept partly (if I recall correctly birds are a type of animal that can shut down their brain in halves for sleep and keep the other half awake and I think that was what they were doing) I cannot hear or read the phrase about putting ones ducks in a row without thinking about scientists sticking ducks into rows. On the upside, it amuses me every time.

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Date: 2009-08-12 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] some-kitten.livejournal.com
This may well be something I needed to hear today. Thanks.

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Date: 2009-08-12 12:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ukelele.livejournal.com
Not that I don't like ducks and all.

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Date: 2009-08-18 12:41 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2009-08-12 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vfoxy.livejournal.com
when you do crazy things, you wind up really poor. Sometimes I envy my friends who chose to not finance crazy things because now they have money to do, um, crazy things. hm. My ducks are slightly impoverished, but every time I think about ducks I think about Jeanette Oke's book about a duckling that I read as a kid, and boy did he not have his ducks in a row. The craziest thing he did was try to cross the dangerous road without getting run over. Somehow, this book captivated my childhood imagination.

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