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Practice Made Perfect by Roberto Moretti

I’m a 22-year old college graduate, and I lack discipline.

One of the harshest realities of my generation is that every year there are hundreds of thousands of us that graduate from a university and end up not knowing what to do after that.  I grew up in an environment where the ideal path was to go to school, get a degree in something I am good in, and then make money to be happy.  But even when told what to do, and even though I paid attention to every single lecture, I’m still as clueless as Alicia Silverstone.  Call me a tweenager, twixter, or lazy good-for-nothing, but that still does not change the fact that I feel like I’m lacking something to achieve my goals.

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Disney movies used to always find ways to exacerbate my OCD.  Even a memorable scene from Beauty and the Beast found ways to chide my childish need to keep everything in order.  During the opening song, after the audience is introduced to the peculiar Belle and her poor provincial town, as a young boy, I could not stand watching a sheep chew on Belle’s favorite book.

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Her Gift

Great Masters of American Art

Have you ever received a gift that made you wince, no matter how hard you tried to like it?  She bought me a thick, lovely, little book on the “Great Masters of American Art.”  But every time I look at it, I can’t help but be reminded of a relationship that really tortured my first year of college.  Cue the dramatic organ.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2003 was a marvelous place and time. The first Spider-man movie was popular, and as my new fictional role model, Spider-man would be a healthy gateway drug to the exclusive world of “comic book nerds.”  It was only during the Comic-Cons did it really feel acceptable to express a part of me I desperately tried to hide.  It was the type of gathering you dream about.  No one cares what you do because they are just like you, and I felt really safe there.

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