This post is inspired by one of my favourite tumblr blogs (possibly ever) – Things I Don’t Understand And Definitely Am Not Going To Talk About – coupled with the realisation that I am 5 months away from turning 22, and there is still so much I don’t understand. Those of you who are older than 22, I apologise – I am very aware that I have a lot of life to live yet, hopefully, and in that future time I will probably find the answers to a lot of these things. But I feel that there’s so much that I probably should know and just… don’t? To those of you who are younger – you can sympathise with me, right?
90% of this list is pretty lighthearted: 100% I genuinely do not understand. Help is appreciated.
21 Things I Don’t Understand (and probably will feel the need to talk about):
1 – why (almost) everyone feels the need to ask me ‘what are you going to do with that’ when I tell them my degree.
2 – chequebooks.
3 – balancing chequebooks
4 – why my high school had to pick unnecessarily hard a-level syllabuses after piss easy gcse syllabuses. nothing ever matched up and gcse science is not science (unless it’s triple. we didn’t do triple)
5 – why the plural of syllabus can be considered syllabuses and syllabi. can we just agree syllabi sounds better?
6 – why american spelling consistently removes the ‘u’ in words (i.e. flavour, neighbour, colour). it needs to be there. it does.
7 – why people genuinely feel the need to comment negatively on other people’s outfits or appearances because they don’t fit ‘norms’.
8 – why people genuinely feel the need to comment negatively
9 – why people think that constructive criticism is a negative comment
10 – how people think that going to a new country with a view to stay long term and not learning the language past ‘getting by’ is an ok thing to do. it’s not. it’s kind of rude.
11 – taxes. this one scares me, too.
12 – why the thing you actually want to be doing with your life whacks you in the face after a pretty hefty investment into something else
13 – why companies are so eager to have employees with degrees, then so reluctant to hire actual graduates
14 – why my degree costs £9,000 a year.
15 – why student finance thinks the majority of students can live on around £3.5k a year. most of the time that doesn’t even cover accommodation
18 – why, even with the current movement to make people so much more aware of mental illness, people still lightly throw around words that describe incredibly debilitating situations
19 – ‘your problem isn’t as bad as my problem, so I’m going to one-up you’ … this mentality, what?
20 – why outsider wasn’t crowned the fastest rapper in the world, just because he doesn’t rap in english…
21 – how ‘payment = experience / exposure’ became a thing
If anyone has any answers or explanations I’d love to be enlightened! Is there anything you still don’t understand (and probably should) – let me know and we can cry about it together. And by cry I mean write longer lists containing even more points…