The in-between time

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“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” – Zora Neale Hurston

I love this quote. I read the book Their Eyes Were Watching God a few years ago for a college English class. To be honest, I didn’t love the book, but I have a feeling if I read it again I might feel differently. That’s what’s great about literature and life. As I grow up I find that I might not like the same things as before because I’m not entirely the same me as before.

I feel as if I’ve figured out what I want in life just a little bit more since the last time I wrote about growing up. My internships are helping with that.

Writing about this just reminded me of how this great professor I had in fall would talk about how the idea of finding out who you are and forming an identity is strange to her. After all, identity is not a static thing. There are aspects of it that can change over time. I wish I could express what she said as well as she did. Hopefully you get what I mean.

A while ago I put together this playlist centered around the idea of “in-between time.” Take it for whatever it means to you. For me, it means being in my 20s, trying to find out what kind of career I want, where I want to live, when to get married and other big things like that.

You can listen to the playlist above, or listen on your Spotify player by clicking here.

I’m going to leave you with one more quote because I love quotes.

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” E. E. Cumings

Image via Terry Gotham.

4 thoughts on “The in-between time

  1. I love that quote by E.E. Cummings at the end.

    I went back and read your post about growing up and this one. I actually started my blog when I was an intern (and then left it dormant for about a year before picking it up again) and one thing that I keep finding as I try to “grow up” is that… well… I’m not sure it happens all at once or maybe even at all. Some days, I feel like a total grown up. I have most of the things that would classify me in that category. But other days, I just don’t.

    I feel like a kid a lot of the time. And like I just will not ever figure stuff out. I’ve come to the conclusion that that might just be life. So you pretty much nailed it when you said “After all, identity is not a static thing.”

    It’s fun to think about though. And to look back in years and see how far you’ve come. That’s the number one thing I think I’ll always love about having my blog as a record.

    Thanks for the playlist! I love The Shins.

    • Yes, it’s just like what you’re saying. I guess age is so etching we make a big deal out of but it doesn’t always make sense why. It’s also ice hearing other people say that the feeling of “growing up” comes and goes. Maybe life doesn’t need to be figured out as much as it just needs to be lived. I’ve allays been told I overthink things any way.

      I’m glad you like the playlist!

  2. That is definitely a great quote – I remember that book in high school, and by remember I mean the title :P And I definitely understand what you mean, we are always changing and adapting to various things in life which in turn mold who we are. It’s definitely dynamic not static so just live life and learn as you go. :D Have a great one Erin! -Iva

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