“This is the youngest we’ll ever be”

kayak charles river

Sometimes you just need a place to think. What better place is there than in the middle of the river on a kayak? Not to mention on a beautiful sunny summer day in Boston. Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve already began to feel the cool air coming through as soon as the sunset hits. I’m not excited, but I am going to make sure I take advantage of the heat while it lasts.

I had a great summer day, kayaking, observing the amazing cliff divers from the Red Bull Cliff Diving competition at the ICA, and watched an incredible film in the theater. I’ve been meaning to watch this for a few weeks now and haven’t gotten the chance to with my work schedule. This film stars Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley as the main characters.

I’m not going to give any spoilers but I am going to encourage you to watch it. If you’re in high school and/or college, you’ll relate to it directly. If you’ve been an “adult” for quite a few years now, it’ll remind you of how young you use to be and all the thoughts you use to ponder about in secret.

The characters are beautiful and incredibly relatable. It was funny, loving, emotional and thought-provoking all at the same time. How many of us go through high school wanting to be in college? Or go through college wanting to be in the real world working so that we don’t have to go to classes nor do homework ever again?

I certainly had those feelings multiple times. The Spectacular Now certainly reminds me that “this is the youngest we’ll ever be”. It shows a great polarization of living in the now, but also not being afraid or in avoidance of the future. I’ve just purchased the book from amazon. I’m excited to read it to review the differences between the book and the movie, but also to dig into these thoughts once again.

Not to get cheesy or anything, but the relationship between Aimee and Sutter makes me want to fall in love and experience life with someone who will be vulnerable and allow me to be vulnerable, with someone who falls fast and loves hard with no regrets. I mean, who doesn’t want that?

“I think it’s good to have dreams, don’t you?”

 

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