10 Minute, Timed Writing 004
Purpose: To improve my writing skills by manufacturing twice a week under a time constraint
How: Write for 10 minutes - sharp. Incomplete sentences and writing errors will not be fixed after time is up.
Topic: What does getting old mean to you? (WritingExercises UK - random subject generator)
They say the human brain begins to fully develop around age 12-13. Supposedly, that is when we start to understand and conceptualize the world - hypotheticals, critical thinking, etc.
At the age of twenty-three, I am starting to gain more experience with time which helps me project age on a timeline.
At fourteen, a five-month semester felt like an eternity.
Today, a five-year action plan sounds like a joyride.
As you start to dance with time, you realize how quickly things move.
It felt like I moved to New York yesterday, and next thing I know I’m coming on 1.5 years here.
By the age of 25, I will have spent more time living in New York than Gainesville.
College, part II?
But, I feel like I haven’t addressed this question at all.
What does getting older mean to me?
Getting older means chess. The greatest players understand how to think six moves ahead.
And, true champions know how to sacrifice important items for situational advantage.
I may, or may not, have already spoken to you about The Great Leap.
It is an action plan I created on my 23rd birthday, which will come into full effect on July 24th, 2020.
I can’t say much about it, other than it is my first attempt to strategize age.
It is becoming more and more evident to me that our body is a depreciating asset. And wisdom will come alongside the pursuit of knowledge and truth.
You’ll hear me talk more and more about The Skill Scale. The concept of logging your hours, and Leveling Up.
They told me life’s not a game - and they were right.
So, I made a game out of life. The reason I invest into The Skill Scale is not because I care about attention or a fancy “LVL 99” label - (although that would be awesome!)
The reason I invest into The Skill Scale is because I realize that skills may be the most important asset we have.
Stereo-typically, Jewish people are known for embracing professions such as Law, Finance, Consulting.
I read online that the reason this became so is because during History’s continuous persecution of Jews, those who had localized professions, (such as owning a neighborhood Hair Salon), lost all of their assets in migration.
Whereas those who invested in skill sets, (such as Bartering), were able to seamlessly mobilize their professions.
Pretty interesting tidbit of History, there.
So, today I sit down to type to you and I recollect on what I have done in my life and what I have acquired.
In Q1 of 2017, I purchased my first DJ mixer off of a UF “Free & For Sale” page.
I had never DJ’d in my life, nor did I have any clue what I was doing.
Soon after, I began producing music on FL Studio - and then playing more piano, guitar, singing, etc.
The floodgates opened.
I began to practice Spanish, everyday.
I began to practice dancing, for 1 hour everyday - (I have practice logs to prove it!)
And I got really good at a wide variety of skills in college, mostly because I had an insane amount of free time and nothing better to do.
But what I learned, was how to learn.
And what that taught me, was how to invest.
So, in perhaps the most long-winded answer in timed writing history, getting older to me means:
A choice to do only what you are supposed to do
A choice to invest, and play chess.
That’s why I like The Skill Scale.
It’s a fun system that incentivizes you with a video game lifestyle, just to leave you with nothing more than a label and skill set.
Louis J. DiPaolo Jr.