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Takashi Okamoto is a graphic designer, programmer and technology artist living and working in North America. His illustrations have appeared in magazines and newspapers including: The New York Times, The National Post and Shift Magazine. As a graphic designer, he has worked with studios including 2x4, Stiletto, Village and artists Ben Rubin and Natalie Jeremijenko. His technology based art has been exhibited in Canada and Mexico. He holds a (Hons) BSc in astrophysics from the University of Toronto, a MFA in graphic design from Yale University and a SM from the MIT Media Lab, where he studied under Professor John Maeda in the Physical Language Workshop. Currently, he is a partner at BuzaMoto.
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Cookie Freedom: It’s Hard Being an Adult
Takashi Okamoto (09/30/05)
There’s one Seinfeld opening bit that I particularly like. It’s about how when you’re an adult, you can eat a cookie...damn it, I’m just going to google it.
My mom used to tell me that when I was a kid, I was in a hurry to become a grown-up. Now that I am a grown-up, I take it all back. It’s hard being an adult. I don’t see how people do it. I think there’s too much freedom. I get out of bed whenever I feel like and I stay in my pajama’s for as long as I want (some days I don’t even bother changing.) If I want that cookie, even at 2am after brushing my teeth; I have that cookie...and I wash it down with a beer before I burp my way to bed.
The bed...it’s not really a bed. I sleep on a fold out futon, which is one step up since graduate school when I slept on the floor for two years. Just to note, currently I live out of one suitcase and I have enough clothes for a seven day wash cycle. I’ve been living like this for the past year. Why? It’s caused by the dark side of the Cookie Freedom.
When you study physics, you quickly realize that in this universe everything comes in polar pairs. Particles/anti-particles, love/hate, nerd/jock; we can go on and on. The Cookie Freedom is a type of force, and we learned from Star Wars that forces have a “dark side,” which I think was Yoda’s way of telling us about the polaring force of...the force.
So what is the dark side of the Cookie Freedom? It’s the non-existence of restriction (which ironically is also the good side of the Cookie Freedom.) You need restrictions to the freedom so you don’t have to make every single decision yourself, and to stop you from doing stupid things like start drinking at 9am. On its own the Cookie Freedom is anarchy. You’re your own dictator, so you better set responsible policies.
Now I know why people get 9-5 jobs, move to the upper west side, get married and have kids. They inherit restrictions through newfound responsibilities. I find it so ironic that as a kid, you’re told to study hard and get good grades so that you can go to a good college, which will expand your choices and opportunities (or in our current context, expand your Cookie Freedom.) I feel like I got bad advice. I studied sort of hard, and got two degrees from decent schools and it led me to a future where I can go to work in my underwear, three steps from where I sleep. Now I find myself not knowing what to do. Sometimes I play video games for 18 hours straight or reading random books I don’t even care about. Then I work 4 days without sleep.
Why am I complaining about all of this? It’s because I’m still a kid, and kids complain...a lot — and I’m sick of making decisions all the time. As adults we know we can get a ruined appetite back, but we also know we can't get certain things back as easily. So don't ruin it! Man-child.