Each year around this time in Reno, Nevada, the Rodeo comes to town. There are cowboys, livestock, a fair, vendors, and of course the most popular seasonal bar, the Jack Daniels Tent. Last year, I was given the opportunity to work as a bartender at the tent, and came back again this year for some more.
I’d like to talk about my favorite part of bar tending: I have complete and total control over people’s sobriety. This is like a superpower.
Today, my boss and I were talking about the quarter-life crisis that come along with becoming an adult. She was telling me that she is planning to go to the Reno Rodeo for the first time ever this year, but she has absolutely nothing to wear. See, about four years ago, she went through all of her clothes and threw out anything that she deemed to be unprofessional or reminiscent of her more youthful years. Granted, my boss is barely 27-years-old, but from what I gathered from her story, she was panicking about becoming an adult.
This is where I come in. I can completely relate to how she was feeling those few years ago when she threw out all her old clothes. I have just graduated college and am currently panicking about my life.
What should I do? More school? Find a job? Internship? Move to a different city? Travel? Free-load off mom and dad?