So many things have happened in the past few weeks, I just don’t think I can blog about them all. It’s safe to say, however, that all of them have been interesting indeed:
I experienced the movie cliche’ of slowed down time when I walked across the stage at my university graduation. It really felt like I was not moving at all, and that the president was just waiting somewhere in eternity with my folder…
I had several internship options open at once, after a dry spell where no one appeared to be interested in hiring me…
And I just realized last week, I may be getting old at last.
Oh, but not yet, I cry! I’m gonna hold onto my, erm, youth as long as I can. You see, I’ve heard about ageism in the workplace. And it scares me. I’m not alone. Even Joan Rivers does not look her age (80?) thanks to plastic surgery.
I’m lucky though: my family has the genes for young looks. I still get carded sometimes, and let’s be honest, even Walmart is quite vigilant about selling cough syrup. Where’s your ID?! But it’s not young looks alone that will save you from being discriminated against as someone past 40 and therefore teetering on the edge of the grave.
No, I found that in the broadcasting field, you can look 5, 10, 15 years younger than your real age, and your media tastes and what you know about history will still give you away. Remember Jimmy Carter and Ronald Regan? Hey, remember pay phones?
And who were the Beatles and was Billy Idol (William Michael Albert Broad) even young once? (Ok, Billy was well into his thirties by the time I became aware of his awesome existence, but STILL..)
What caused me to start thinking about age? Well, I am currently learning production from a guy who is close to 30, and I was talking with him and another radio station employee in her 20′s, when I realized the awful truth. I can talk about snapchatting and tweeting and Facebook. I’m so very adaptable when it comes to social media. I can like new music as well as old. I can quickly learn any computer program I want. In short, I’m in good standing when it comes to competition for a media-based job regardless of age or ageism. But I’m still not 30 any more!
Just like that.