What was intended as simple financial advice exploded into a Twitter-storm and eventually turned into a meme, as readers weighed in with their increasingly amusing opinions. If you haven’t seen them, there was an entertaining summary of the whole thing in the Washington Post entitled: By age 35, you should have saved up enough despair to understand this meme.
The replies referenced everything from “Avocado Toast” to collecting “Chaos Emeralds”. My favorite (probably because it struck close to home) was:
I first saw a literary twist on this meme on a post by a librarian friend of mine, which included such entries as:
By age 35 you should have thrown away your copy of War and Peace. You know you’re never going to read it.
By age 35, if you don’t know who Elizabeth Bennet, Miss Havisham, George Knightley, or Colonel Brandon are, you never will.
So, what would your “By age 35″ entry be?