Six months ago, I moved out and into my own place. (Because reasons.) Not counting college, it’s the first time I’ve lived on my own as a single adult. I have been, as the young folks say, “adulting”. (For the record, adulting kinda sucks.) I learned some things about myself; found some strength I didn’t think I possessed, and more resilience than I believed possible.
Whatever I’m going through in life, I usually find a song that fits — or a song finds me, more often than not. This week it was a line from Adventure of a Lifetime by Coldplay:
Under this pressure under this weight
We are diamonds taking shape
As I stepped away from my old life and into a new one, I felt a profound amount of pressure and weight — and still do. Some days are great. A lot of days are awful. I don’t really know what the future holds. A week ago, I had my offer accepted on a house I’m hoping to buy. I’m trying to do a lot of things I never thought I’d be doing on my own. It hasn’t been all bad. I’m coping. I’m continuing to move forward.
And it’s encouraging to think that perhaps I’ll come out of all this a tiny bit more diamond-like.
PS: If you’ve ever wondered what the band Coldplay would look like turned into monkeys, watch the Adventure of a Lifetime video. If, like me, you are puzzled as to how the monkeys look SO convincingly like Coldplay, this making-of video explains (short version: Andy Serkis, Lord of Motion-Capture.)