Your 20’s are your ‘selfish’ years. It’s a decade to immerse yourself in every single thing possible. Be selfish with your time, and all the aspects of you. Tinker with shit, travel, explore, love a lot, love a little, and never touch the ground.
I think there are three phases of understanding the teens. At first you loathe the teens, because you know nothing about them and think they’re idiots, beneath you. Then you love the teens because you figure out they are smarter than you, and you make peace with the death of your cultural relevance, because you know you’ll be in good hands. Finally, you recognize the shape of the adults they’ll become, corrupted by money and vanity and hubris just like everyone else. And you’ll see yourself in them because they’re relatable: That moment you realize the teens are just like you.
I am old now, or at least, I am no longer young, and everything I see reminds me of something else I’ve seen, such that I see nothing for the first time…It is the curse of age, that all things are reflections of other things.
Neil Gaiman, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains
Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) | Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)
Air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) | Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)
The water signs would be children. They are happy, bright and naive. With great optimism and want to be around others, the water signs take on the side of a child that thinks all will be good and family means everything. Children have great emotion they sometimes find hard to express, like the water signs.
The air signs would be teenagers. They have that cold, argumentative attitude that comes with anybody’s teenage years. Air signs enjoy the unique and questioning that of which they know, as well as sharing their knowledge; a lot like a teenager would talk on subjects they are new to with great confidence.
The fire signs would be young adults. They have rebellion, high aspirations and a want to experience life. Young adults are just discovering life and its independence, and fire signs represent that want to go try all the things they were not allowed to before. The fire burns within the impulsive young adults.
The earth signs would be the elderly. They have knowledge and experience like no other. You’d think they’d been done every path on this Earth with the way they seem to always have the best advice. Just like the elderly they have a comforting maturity and soft elegance. The earth stability is within the elderly.
What the piece elides is that, for many young women, their rejection of Clinton is informed and deeply political. Many of them have suffered violence, discrimination, and rampant unemployment. They have drawn upon their feminist commitments, alongside their lived experience, to evaluate and reject Clinton’s hawkish foreign policy, her expansion of drone warfare, gutting of welfare, (continuing) defense of a burgeoning surveillance state, and more — all of which have hurt women in the U.S. and abroad.
By framing young women as hopelessly uninformed and apolitical — in contrast to their (fore)mothers — the piece obscures real debate and disagreement within generations. It’s a tired trope, one that erases the voices of young women who have decided to demand more of their candidate than that she identify as a woman. And that’s perhaps the most rigorous engagement of all.