NIDES has this new thing where you have to do a "course activation" assingnment befoer you can start a new course. I'm just starting Planning 10, and they want me to write what my life at age 30 would look like in the ideal.

My Life at 30

I look out my bedroom window at the busy street below. Skyscrapers line the horizon of downtown Seattle, and the sun is slowly setting in a bed of burning clouds. It’s the end of another sweltering summer day, and it’s my favorite time of year.

The day was spent inside the rat trap where I work. Work is an overstatement though; the job can hardly be described as work when it’s something so enjoyable. The atmosphere, the people, the good food; it’s all so rewarding. It even lets me afford this great view, if you can believe it.

Family is a thing I don’t mention much. Oh sure, I have one, but not one I would care to mention. They have their own little worlds to deal with, and don’t have time to deal with mine. They couldn’t handle it even if I did tell them. I see them off and on, but when we get together it’s about them and not me. I have a game I play with myself to see how long I can go without yawning in a conversation; my personal record is 15 minutes.

Friends are another thing. People I actually choose to spend my time with are hard to come by, but I’ve found some pretty unique ones. Most are in the same work as me, and the ones who aren’t are interested. I can see a pretty bright future for them. I like people I can relate to, and don’t get along with people who I can’t.

Tomorrow will be another bright and fulfilling day, maybe I’ll even meet someone interesting. When you smuggle illegal substances, you don’t get a great big chance for intimate conversation.


Moth said...

the ending was excellent.
well written :)

Adrienne said...

You are my hero. BTW, whatever this NIDES thing is, that's a fucking assinine assignment. 29 year olds can't even predict where they are going to be when they are 30. And why would you want to. Talk about sucking all the fun out of life.

yourebelteen said...

The school board in BC thinks kids should know exactly what they want to do with their lives and how to set goals for the future. Thats why they created Planning 10.

Adrienne said...

It's the same way in Ontario but it starts in grade 7. Grade 10 career studies is a required course, and of course there's TAP (Teacher Advisory Program) which is a huge joke and at the high school I went to in Oakville it was pretty much a free period that most people skipped (TAP really stood for Timmy's Aquisition Period). I doubt programs like this are helping anyone. The rare people who know exactly what they want as a career at that age can probably find out easily enough the kind of steps it would take to get their on their own, and the majority that have no fucking idea are probably better served by exploring their interests by actually participating in them instead of writing essays about them.

Adrienne said...

ANd really, you don't need a course to tell you how to set goals. Either you know what you want or you don't. If you know, wow, look, there's a goal! If you don't, no course about How To Plan For The Future is going to help you.