Young Folks

by Michelle Acabado

My friends,

Say hello to 2017.1

There have been a lot of changes between 2016 and 20172: politically,3 economically,4 socially5 and gastronomically (shoutout to the extra 250 Flex Points this semester). For some, they may just want to get the hell out of dodge.6 Some lives have been affected, for better or for worse.7

At the moment, there are over 7 billion people on this planet, and there have been even more that lived, loved, and died with a story to tell.8 You and I, we’re teeny, tiny little people in the grand scheme of things, but… we help make up this gorgeous mosaic that is Earth, the world, our home.9

That’s pretty damn cool.

As Danielle LaPorte says, “You will always be too much of something for someone: too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy. If you round out your edges, you lose your edge.”

And, I don’t know. That kind of hits me. Because, in this world of seven billion people, it’s absolutely bound to happen, and I’m no stranger to it. Maybe you’re the same way. Whatever it is, I think it’s important to remember that when someone makes a mosaic — however fetching you are, however sharp or small you think you may be — you are important, and you make the mosaic what it is. And mosaics are beautiful.10

Don’t forget that you — the person reading this rad magazine — have a 100% survival rate. Your heart’s pumping, your mind’s spinning, and you and I have the power of music.11

Stay young, my friends,12 because the world is yours.13

1 “On & On” — Erykah Badu
2 “Them Changes” — Thundercat ft. Flying Lotus
3 “Drop the Game” — Flume ft. Chet Faker
4 “Roll the Bones” — Shakey Graves
5 “Taro” — alt-J
6 “Take Me Out (of Myself)” — Jamie Cullum
7 “Hate to See Your Heart Break” — Paramore
8 “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story” — Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton
9 “We the People….” — A Tribe Called Quest
10 “Carry On Phenomenon” — Kishi Bashi
11 “Pumping Blood (Acoustic)” — NONONO
12 “Sweet Disposition” — The Temper Trap
13 “The World is Yours” — Nas
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