My name is Mike and I am a young 20-something who was born and raised in small-town Maine and then educated in big-city Boston. These days I have a hard time coming to terms with what it means to be a young urban professional (yuppie) since lately I find myself fitting the characteristics. Often it is used in a negative way to describe an upwardly mobile American in their mid-late 20′s and early 30′s who earns above average pay and who enjoys “sophisticated” urban life and thought. Unfortunately, complacency often accompanies the abundance and luxuries that I have been enjoying. I have every comfort a man in his 20′s could want; a good job, a nice apartment in a good area of town, a cool girlfriend, a beer mug at a local bar downtown, a smart phone, an iPod touch, a laptop, cable tv/high speed internet, more sporting equipment in my apartment than one person could handle, and the list goes on. Despite all of these great things in my life, I still feel unfulfilled and largely unchallenged in my day-to-day life as a new yuppie, a description that still doesn’t seem to sit comfortably with me.
This blog is partly about me bridging the gap between farm-boy (past) and city-slicker (present) but it is also partly about challenging myself on a daily basis; socially, mentally, and physically. I will be engaging in a series of self-selected, 30-day life experiments designed to challenge the status quo that comes with the yuppie territory. In the end it is my hope that these 30-day life experiments will help to redefine what it means for me to be young and successful in an urban environment. Welcome to the life of the Young Urban Unprofessional.