That "Weird" Age - 23 years old - What were you doing then? (or now?)

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    Jun 02, 2011 10:33 PM GMT
    When I turned 23 years old this past April, I had an interesting conversation about the age 23.

    My friend said it's a weird year because there's so variability. Some people have graduated from college. Some people haven't graduated yet. Some never went in the first place. Some people have a steady job, no job, more than one job, or something in-between. Some people are living alone, living with roommates, living with parents, or living homeless. A mix of the economy, changing views about how post-secondary education should work (4 years minimum), the surge of non-traditional students (part-time & work / leave & return), among other factors, have stirred the pot.

    So, what were you doing at 23? Touring the country? Starting a business? Still grinding through college (like me)? Rocking the raver circuit? On Broadway? WOW-ing? Living with moms? What was going on at the time that made you choose that path?
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    Jun 02, 2011 10:34 PM GMT
    That's the age I came out got caught by my parents. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 02, 2011 11:40 PM GMT
    i was working at a bank and, unfortunately, contributing to the mortgage crisis.
  • Webster666

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    Jun 03, 2011 1:18 AM GMT
    I had already graduated from college, and I was working for a newspaper.
    Had my own place for 2 years.
    Three years later, I would buy a new car, quit my job, pack up, and move across the country.
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    Jun 03, 2011 1:36 AM GMT
    Typical boring 23 year old stuff. From my profile:

    "A quarter century ago I spent several months in Israel ... I worked both for and with Arabs and Israelis and frankly with neither connections nor sexual congress my youth, beauty, openmindedness and propensity for surrounding myself with people who were not likeminded gave me entry to not only the camps but to the finest homes in both the Arab and Jewish quarters of Jerusalem's Old City."

    Though what I didn't mention there, and what most of you would probably find more interesting and surprising of the few mideast experiences I care to share, is that I'd hang at the Wailing Wall Friday nights with a native, a 19 year old buddy and Teen Mr. Jordan competitor with the most awesome brows, lips and build, because he'd tapped it as a great place to pick up Jewish chicks.
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    Jun 03, 2011 1:40 AM GMT
    I had come out the year before, was in year 2 of my apprenticeship, not earning any real money yet, sharing a 2 bedroom apt with another apprentice (I would take over the apt alone the next year, when I started to earn decent money) and had my boyfriends #2 and #3. 3 was the first time I was completely in love with someone who loved me back and it was an incredible experience. It ended after 4 months shortly after my 24th birthday and I didn't look at another man for many months afterwards. I still had bf #1 as a good friend who helped me through this mess.

    I went on my second solo-vacation, this time to the US and Canada and spent the first week in Manhattan, sight-seeing and hopping into bed with another guy every night. This gave me so much self-confidence that my earlier depressions just vanished. I had come out to my younger brother when he drove me to the airport, which went smoothly but it would be another 2 years before I came out to my parents.

    I started playing in a gay volleyball team and made some great friends there. I stopped playing 4 years later, when scheduling visits to my current boyfriend (#5) and games just got to stressful. By then all my friends also had stopped playing and I wasn't so close with the new batch of players.
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    Jun 03, 2011 1:40 AM GMT
    Grad school. Chained lab rat.
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    Jun 03, 2011 1:43 AM GMT
    I was just getting comfortable in my career. Adjusted for inflation, I was making 60% more and did about half as much work. I went out almost every night (living in the gayberhood makes that easy) and got laid WAY more often. What a difference a decade makes.
  • creature

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    Jun 03, 2011 1:55 AM GMT
    I just graduated from college and I had my first drink. And I had pneumonia and the cicadas were out.
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    Jun 03, 2011 1:57 AM GMT
    Still in undergrad and living with my partner in PHX. My life was pretty decent then.
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    Jun 03, 2011 1:57 AM GMT
    Working at the same firm that I'm at now. Financial services, ya dig?
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    Jun 03, 2011 1:59 AM GMT
    Moved to New York City. My parents said I wouldnt last a year. I lasted 12 until I moved to LA.
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    Jun 03, 2011 2:00 AM GMT
    had positive income back then, but hated my job
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    Jun 03, 2011 2:02 AM GMT
    Not there yet?
    Rain check?
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    Jun 03, 2011 2:03 AM GMT
    I was finishing up working at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington...

    Toward the end of my 23rd year of life, I started my doctoral program .... which I'm not at the tail end of....... whew.
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    Jun 03, 2011 2:03 AM GMT
    At 23 I was:
    -In my first gay relationship
    -Finishing up my last year of school
    -Getting hired on my first real job as a paid intern
    -Coming out to my parents
    -Traveling frequently to Miami Beach and Key West
    -Moving into my first place
    -Coming to terms with being gay and Christian
  • disasterpiece

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    Jun 03, 2011 2:21 AM GMT
    It's my first officially totally out year.

    So basically, partyin', partyin' (yeah!)

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    Jun 03, 2011 2:33 AM GMT
    Injecting lots of heroin and eating lots of ecstasy. Yeah, I was pretty much a loser at that point in my life.
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    Jun 03, 2011 2:34 AM GMT
    wasnt worrying about mindless bullshit such as "23 is a weird age"
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    Jun 03, 2011 2:38 AM GMT
    Been the age for a month and a half, hope to develop some great stories.

    But as of now, working in the entertainment industry and following my naive dreams. haha
  • ScottinTX

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    Jun 03, 2011 2:42 AM GMT
    I had just gotten married and joined the Air Force. Came out 20 years later, followed soon thereafter by a divorce...
  • monet

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    Jun 03, 2011 2:42 AM GMT
    23 was a long time ago for me. My only recollection was that I was getting laid a lot more than I am now.
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    Jun 03, 2011 2:47 AM GMT
    Mmmm... at 23
    Had been finished university for a year, living with my parents, got back from 5 weeks in the UK, bought my first house and met my fiance, It was a great year!
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    Jun 03, 2011 3:12 AM GMT
    Got cleared to stay in Canada as a resident, started a Canadian undegrad, spent christmas in NYC, and summer in Prague, stopped calling myself bisexual.
  • omatix

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    Jun 03, 2011 3:25 AM GMT
    For the first half of the year I was 23, I was living in NYC doing a job I hated and making slave wages. By the second half, I'd moved to Minneapolis to start grad school. I had no idea what I was doing, but it turned out to be a great decision.