We Are The Digital Kids

Edelman China, writer, creator of Words of a Generation researching change generations in China, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, India... You can get in touch by emailing me at mooney.amanda (at) gmail.com.

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When you’re learning about something and dissecting it, I don’t think you’re really through until you don’t understand anything about it. If you study something and you find all this stuff about it, you just went skin deep, so if you keep going and going, you should be left with a fucking mess of unanswered questions. If you take any subject and keep asking, “Why,” without stopping, you’ll get to a point where there really [aren’t] any clear answers.

Six Years, Four Cities, Three Countries

This weekend I’ll be packing up my life in Shanghai and getting ready to move to Mumbai in two weeks. It’s been six years since starting at Edelman and this move will mark four cities and three countries (not counting the five countries where I’ve lived half of this year) since starting. I never thought I’d have the chance to visit China and India and in two weeks, I’ll have lived three years in one and just started living in the other.

Find a company that will let you do this and work as hard as you can. I’m grateful for all of it.

Now, to pack.

Oh my God, I’ve lived a very simple life! You can say, Oh yes, at thirteen this happened to me and at fourteen … But those are facts. But the facts can obscure the truth, what it really felt like. Every human being has paid the earth to grow up. Most people don’t grow up. It’s too damn difficult. What happens is most people get older. That’s the truth of it. They honor their credit cards, they find parking spaces, they marry, they have the nerve to have children, but they don’t grow up. Not really. They get older. But to grow up costs the earth, the earth. It means you take responsibility for the time you take up, for the space you occupy. It’s serious business. And you find out what it costs us to love and to lose, to dare and to fail. And maybe even more, to succeed. What it costs, in truth. Not superficial costs—anybody can have that—I mean in truth. That’s what I write. What it really is like. I’m just telling a very simple story.