Up All Night

They don't tell you this when you're young, but you start to get old right around the time you graduate from college. That really should be on the brochure or something because that's something you really need to know. Once you graduate, the fun is over. Last night, three friends and I decided to see a movie at 11:35pm. It would go until 1:30 or so, so what could it really hurt?

From all reports, I was the only one who managed to stay entirely awake. Yes, it was midnight or so and three twenty-somethings couldn't stay awake any longer. This is the sad state of affairs once you're past college, kids. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

None of this is to speak at all of the quality of the movie, though I don't think G.I. Joe Retaliation was exactly made for me. That's another thing they don't tell you - once you get old enough, even the fact that you grew up with the toys doesn't forgive enough flaws to make you speak all that favorably about that movie.

What it does speak to is a phrase that runs through my head often - "It's a shame that youth is wasted on the young." I'm at the point in my life where getting only five hours of sleep every night would be really useful. I can't even fathom the amount of writing I could get done with an extra three hours every day.

But it can never be so. I wouldn't function for long on so little sleep. I'd be irritable and lazy and probably get less done. Well, more so than is already true.

Really, what I mean to say is that if you're one of the people able to stay up until hours of the night and not need the sleep you missed, treasure it. Use it for good. Cure something or make something or change something. Do something with it. There's a lot to be done.

And whatever you do, don't use your late-night time to see an action movie. You don't want to be the type of person who falls asleep with a 3D movie in front of you. That's when you know you're truly gone.

(Sorry to my friends I just called truly gone. Let's face it. You're old. I am too.)