For most people, being in your twenties means being poor and trying new things. But mostly just being poor. Sometimes, you’ll wake up from a sort of sweat-soaked fever dream, thinking you can hear God, when really it’s just your kung-pow chicken that is speaking to you.

“Why are you so happy when everything is so shitty?” he says.

But before you can answer, he tells you that everything is awful and that you should be miserable. He reminds you of your student loan debt and of rising gas prices and that Chris Martin of Coldplay is still alive. And every once in a while you get a particularly profound epiphany that changes the way you view the world.

Matt Rimer is a writer living in Boston. Follow him on Twitter here.