“I hate so much about the things that you choose to be.”

Michael Scott Me, at myself

Sometimes I regret how withdrawn and quiet I was when I was younger – I definitely missed out on some interesting social opportunities because I was too shy to put myself out there and try new things. On the other hand, having been chronically online since I was a child, a more social version of myself would absolutely have been the kind of person to speak only in pop culture references and internet memes (and I mean the early 2000s kind, from before we even called them “memes”). With that in mind, perhaps it was for the best that I learned the lesson of how and when to keep my mouth shut before learning how to speak up.

– James