Maybe it’s just how my mind works, but when I think back on my life I can’t help but organize it into various stages. Let me show you.
The Pre-Memory (Pre-History) Years (Birth-Age 3)
Just like the earth has a pre-history, I have a pre-memory. These were the years without a personal record. All that I know of this time I pick up from first-hand accounts, pictures, and videos. My mother claims I was delightful.
The Origin (Ancient History) Years (Age 3- 4)
This spans from my first memory, of choking on a penny, to my first day of pre-school. Memories of this time are spotty and especially prone to the influence of stories told by family members. I do certainly recall watching David the Gnome and eating Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Also, I recall my cousins and neighbors playing at my house as well as the presence of Nintendo.
The Preschool Years (Age 4- 5)
This was the first time I left my home for any significant length of time. These were happy years. Friends were easily made and there were no social divisions. I have many memories of this time, and am glad that my first step out into the world was so satisfactory. A number of people I knew then became my friends throughout the remainder of my public school career. Also, I got married to twins. Or, one girl who happened to be a twin. It wasn’t official.
The Kindergarten Years (Age 5-6)
Another positive experience outside of my home, Kindergarten was an even larger world than preschool. This was another happy time, and it seemed like smooth sailing for me.
The Dark Age of First Grade (Age 7)
This was the worst year of my life. I wrote a post about it a while back, so I will post a link here. Basically, it was my first real exposure to the dark side of existence. My teacher did not like me (a new concept) and I was a hypochondriac. If I have any psychological abnormalities you could probably trace it back here. Time flowed slowly.
The Lost Years of Grade School ( Years 3-0 Before the Common Era) (Age 8-10)
Second through fourth grade were largely uneventful. Perhaps the major event of this time was my brother going to college. We shared a room together, and his absence was felt. This was the first time I would feel the absence of one who had been a constant presence. Also, I liked a girl named Heather.
The Golden Age of Fifth Grade (Year 1 of the Common Era) (Age 11)
This was my favorite year of schooling. I made friends with John Benton, who is still a close friend. Also, this was the first time I discovered that I liked to write. This was when I discovered the joy of the written word. My memories of this time are still strong and significant. For these reasons, I call this year one of the common era.
The Middle School Years (Middle Ages) (Age 12-14)
Stuff happened at this time. I made more friends and movies like The Matrix and The Phantom Menace came out. I went to dances and I started to think about life in a more philosophical way. Also, when I was thirteen I became a monster. That was not my best year.
The High School Years (The Renaissance) (Age 15-18)
I call it the Renaissance because it was a time of self-discovery. Well, sort of. I got my license and I became close with many of the friends that I am close with today. This also was the time of my first girlfriend, which probably deserves its own title and age. This was also a time in which I developed myself as a writer. I wrote my first story, Team Justice, which was about Bob Costas and various fictional characters fighting Santa in Willy Wonka’s factory. And a bunch of other significant things happened.
The Breaking Year (Freshman Year) (Age 19)
My freshman year in college began with a bitter breakup. It was also a time in which I felt entirely uncomfortable and started to question everything I ever believed. I call it the breaking year because it was a time of, well, breaking. Used to a life of consistency and stability, I was finally away from home and faced with the terror of having to really define myself. It was at this time that I ran into the Navigators. For the first time, I participated in a bible study. This was when Dan Kim asked me to meet and pray with him, which was the first time I ever prayed with anyone. After the breaking, I started to actually follow Jesus. So really, this was the first year of my walk with Christ.
The Building Year (Sophomore Year) (Age 20)
I call this the building year because it is when I started to build real college friendships and develop spiritually as a Christian. Jon Vickers and myself played a lot of ping-pong. Also, I became a better writer.
The Logos Years (Age 21-22)
Developing and working on the Logos magazine is an experience that I cannot confine to this little paragraph. To sum up, it was both a time of radical maturation in my walk with Christ and a time of great challenges and rewards. This endeavor was the most significant work of my life thus far, as it combined all of my passions into one tangible entity. Also, I went to classes and became a better essay writer. And, my close friendships developed into what they are today.
The Post- Grad Years (The Present) (Age 23- 24)
This is the time in which I tried to find a direction in life. I continued to work at the R.V. dealership while searching for some career path. In the meantime, I wrote on a blog, which I called Thoughts of a Post-Grad English Major. Then I met a guy named Jared, who asked me to go to his bible study. This was closely followed by a meeting with Tim Teal. They were my first new friends of this Post-Grad era. Tim suggested I switch over to WordPress, which led me to start this blog, Thoughts of a Post-Grad TwentySomething.
Then I cleaned my room.
Soon after, I left facebook for a month and joined e-harmony.
Then I met Nicole Thurling, and Nicole Thurling met me.
Here we are.
What will the next stage be?