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MMMbop

Ba duba dop
Ba du bop, ba duba dop
Ba du bop, ba duba dop
Ba du, yeah-e-yeah

“MMMbop represents a frame of time or the futility of life.”–Zac Hanson

It reached international success in 1997…with it’s chorus literally a teeny-bop jingle of nonsense. It’s got an upbeat, optimistic sound, and according to one of it’s writers, it’s about hanging onto the relationships you have cultivated, as everything else comes and goes.

Enter “Krista’s Life” from left center stage.

MMMbop is the same age as me, and from the sound of it, we’re both going through a bit of a life crisis.

I’m doing my best to be optimistic about where life’s taking me, even though it’s not going according to my plan. But I’m trying to keep that MMMbop beat. Like the chorus, I’m not sure what to make of my situation. Am I “lost”? I feel like I know myself pretty well, but I do feel a certain lack of purposeful direction. Like I’m just going wherever the wind blows me, and all I can do is hang on tight. And maybe one day, everything will make sense.

It’s a catchy meaningless jingle, and at the moment, that’s how I feel about the contents of my life. What have I done all of this for? What’s the reason? As time has passed, I’ve found some reasons. For example, working in hospitality and catering has taught me how to be an exceptional cleaner and quick thinker. It’s also taught me how to work with an incredible range of people. Getting a degree taught me how to think scrupulously about the possible consequences of any situation. Voter turnout, international repercussions to national legislation (trade taxes or Brexit for example), and it’s given me the range and depth in creative thinking. Traveling has taught me basic survival skills, an appreciation for diversity, familiarity, and building relationships. And my cafe job in Dublin has taught me the mundane parts of reality. Sometimes you’ll learn things from the exceptionally unexceptional ways of being, not just the ones that give rushes of adrenaline.

So now what? Well, I’ll go back to California for a while. Keep on MMMbopping until I find my thing, try not to act older than I am, and stop worrying about all this ontology. And then maybe, in another 22 years, everything will make sense and I’ll become an international success.

Ba duba dop
Ba du bop, ba duba dop
Ba du bop, ba duba dop
Ba du, yeah-e-yeah

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I'm a California girl who wears her heart on her sleeve and always has her head in the clouds. I currently live in the Netherlands and am attending university at a small honors liberal arts college in the south. I have an artist's soul, a corny sense of humor, and a ravenous mind that hunts down the meaning of life everywhere I go. I love traveling, learning, questioning, experiencing, and am an anthropology and political science major who loves to write and make up stories about the absurdity of the world we live in. Like reading my posts? Please follow!

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