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STOIC POETRY | 20-somethings at work

Updated: Sep 4, 2021

Every time I see a twenty-something at my place of employment I want to ask them sincerely, "why the hell are you here??" The decade of our twenties may be much better spend in adventure, or better still misadventure, than chained to a desk like a corporate galley slave. Why waste our youth and energy and our early ability to learn and recover from folly on the mundane apparatus of the modern-day office? Give up the job! Go out there into the world! Fall down, get hurt, find things, make new friends, make mistakes, see strange places, eat odd-seeming foods, earn some real scars which might later prompt curious questions from others; loose some blood, take a lot of risks, die even in the process (would that really be so bad an end?). And then later, after your 20's are done...come back to the "world" and get that job if you like, get that desk in the cube if you desire, and live that safer, saner life if you think that best. I think you'll be glad you waited.


My name is Kurt Bell.

You can learn more about The Good Life in my book Going Alone.

Be safe... But not too safe.

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