200 words about Limbo

By Josh Holin

The last time I played limbo was during my Bar Mitzvah reception.

“Mazel Tov, today you become an adult,” they said to me.

That’s funny. Almost 10 years later and I still don’t quite feel like one.  But here I am, bending over backward under bars that are set impossibly high. Baby stepping round and round in a line filled with people just like me, only with better buzz-words describing their attention to detail. Go-getters. Team players. Result-driven.

As confined as I am to these vomit-inducing labels, there’s only one way to describe the game in which I find myself in: freeing. No constraining cubicle walls, unlimited vacation days and an opportunity to step out of that limbo line. An opportunity to find out not only where I am, but who I am. Compassionate. Awkward. Stubborn. Lucky. These are words you won’t find on a resume or on my tongue. Add ‘modest’ to the list.

What a humbling game it is. I bend backward at the waist, craning my neck toward the floor. As my lips kiss the ground at the feet of someone who matters, a sharp kick to the teeth sends me to the end of the line.

Editor’s note: This story is part of our September 2016 series ‘Hundreds of Words about Location: Where are you, and how does it affect how you see the world?’

 

Josh is a copywriter looking to dive into the advertising industry. He bleeds Eagles green, so he’s used to disappointment. Find out more about Josh at his aptly named website, www.joshholin.com

Read Hundreds of Words by Josh Holin here


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