by Winona Post Editor-in-chief Sarah Squires
I’m 36. Yep. Late 30s. Am I expected to shudder? Because I certainly am not. (OK, OK, I’m not perfect. There may have been a slight groan at 30, but I’m definitely handling it quite well.)
I’m not sure why our society seems to equate getting older with getting, well, more boring or less adventurous, but it seems pretty silly to me. I have found that I’ve gotten better with age in quite a few different ways — stop me before I insert a wine joke, please!
This is a lesson I think we all seem to learn as we age and find ourselves straying from our former, youthful ideas about what living in our mid-30s or mid-40s or mid-70s might be like. None of us wakes up on our birthday and decides to put away our electric guitars and skateboard. We’re more likely to wake up on our birthday and feel the urge to break out the guitar and play a few riffs, or hop on that skateboard and pop a wheelie (or whatever you 70-year-old skateboard kids are doing these days).
For this reason, it is clearly the youngsters who are carrying this silly misconception about what it will be like to be a few years older, and it’s our job to prove them wrong. Be silly. Teach them a trick (skateboard?). Surprise them!
I am lucky to have had a few mentors in my life who showed me the way, and I hope there are a few kids in mine who can say the same!
I don’t usually spill the beans about this until we make an official announcement in the paper, but we won a bunch of awards again this year, and I couldn’t be more proud. I even snagged a few, during what honestly felt like a writing year that wasn’t my best. So, if you see Mr. Rogers at city hall, or Patrick at the Y, make sure to give them a big pat on the back. It’s not always easy, but we always have fun, and it’s a great reward at the end of the year to find out that industry leaders believe we are the best of the best.
We’ll find out at the end of January exactly what places we’ve won, and for what, and we’ll be sure to let you know. Go team!