a series: questions you wish you were asked
today i woke up and dressed haphazardly.
my left eye was slightly swollen and painful to open.
i brushed my teeth and cleaned my retainers,
fixed my girlfriend's collar,
then left to go to work at a coffee shop
(i don't work there; i work on my laptop there).
today, george and i talked about bitcoin and the recent downward slope of value.
i mention that there's suspicion the value is dropping because
a single person must have moved a large amount of bitcoin within a short period of time,
and the market fluctuated accordingly.
i told george i have been saving money for no specific reason,
so i put some into bitcoin every thursday when
i've recently noticed the value drops the most.
we discussed why we save money in the abstract sense
(as in, not our reasons, but society's).
is it to be safe?
is it to spend it all at once?
is it to spend a little a lot?
george recalls a particularly impactful ted talk
that he watched in 2012
about time and how it flies.
the speaker posits that if time flies, we should remember as much as we can.
if a decade disappears in a minute,
can you remember a thing from each year?
things feel so good in the moment (buying things)
i tell myself.
but i couldn't tell you now about last week.
next week, i won't be able to tell you about now.
george says, "if you don't remember much, you must not be doing much."
but i am doing much. much more than others--
in a sense, perhaps much less.
i don't remember much at all,
and time continues to evaporate, as it does.
"we should spend on experiences, at least that's what i think."
does he remember when he first thinked that?
can he count a thing from each of his years?