I remember giving you advice on game stores in Toronto a few years ago, but hey, maybe we've sat together on the TTC without even knowing it. It's heart-warming to know there is another dot hacker in the city.
I'm still a student and even though my turn to graduate will be coming soon enough I feel like nothing will be all too different. I have mostly been the same person my whole life. I mean, here I am, posting in a .hack forum that I used to lurk when I was a kid. I mostly just hone my tastes and that's it. I don't think I'm too different at 19 then I was at 9, I mean, other than the whole "maturity" thing.
Yes, I remember! I only managed to track down Infection, then gave up lol. Still hoping for an HD collection.. one day.
Yeah, it's weird. "Maturity" is such a vague concept - I wouldn't say I'm that different from when I was 12. Still have mostly the same group of friends and interests. Sure, people come and go, and interests expand - but otherwise it's still me. There is also slight pressure when you look at people surrounding you. Girls becoming moms, guys getting their careers together - that sort of thing. I wholeheartedly believe that it is pointless to compete with others, you are you, our life paths are unique and it's just silly trying to compare yourself to others. Saying that, though, there is a good quote that I also like; it states "to be aware but not compare." In that sense, while your life is individual, do keep in mind what is going on around you, it helps you stay on track.
From my experience, I would define "growing up" as the process of going through **** that life throws at you and dealing with scummy people. It's a sad truth, but far too many things in our lives are beyond our control. In just the last years I spent at uni, so much **** happened that helped me acquire a new perspective of the world. It's true that you stay/feel the same as ten years ago, but now you have experience about the imperfect world and people around us (which we didn't know as kids or teens). Gotta stay focused and be smart, a lot of people are out there to get you, so make sure you don't end up being had.
I suppose it's the events and people, good or bad, that accumulate over the years ultimately expand your horizons and viewpoints. While interests and hobbies stay in the same realm, all the other crap eats away at your time. It's hard to be successful in life, gotta work very hard for it - and in the process your naive-self gets groomed into a moody adult, lol. So we need to keep that in mind and stay positive in retaliation to the curve-balls that are thrown your way as you go on.