I wanted to write something relevant about turning 30, but I kept coming up short
So I turned to Facebook instead. (Oh c’mon. Mark Twain would have done the same thing.)
I spent the day before my birthday feeling old and sullen, so I asked my typically responsive FB friends what words came to mind when they thought of turning 30.
I was so pleased with what I got I decided to create a video using their words and my photography.
I learned two things while making this project:
1. Age is a state of mind. (Duh.)
2. I’ve got way too many photos of amazing people clogging up my computer. Most of these pics were taken for the newspaper over the course of the last three years. The shelf life of a newspaper photo is short. Unless a story is about you, and thus you’ve stuck it to your fridge (or your ex-wife has pinned it to her dart board) it usually gets lost in the ether of JPEG files on some photographer’s hard drive.
I was happy to give these photos some love before they get deleted or forgotten about.
Regarding getting older — it’s a fact of life. You can either meet it with lightness and a positive attitude, or get tangled up in negativity. Lately, I’ve been falling into the second category for reasons I’m sure I’ll write about some day.
Having said that, I’m not a fan of internalizing shit. When something sucks, I admit it. On a whole, however, I strive to spend my 30s as I spent my 20s: upbeat, inspired and looking for the next adventure.
Wish me luck. I know it’s not going to be a picnic. (Or maybe it will be. See. I’m actually a cynic.)
Oh, and in four days I’ll have written this blog for four years. I never thought I’d stick it out. Maybe it’s my cynicism that drives me. Now that’s a positive attitude.