I recently turned 30 and while most people I've talked to don't like thinking about age or the idea of being older, I've always been excited to turn 30 and I'm happy I am. Here are a few reasons why:
1) I REALLY DON'T CARE WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF ME
Growing up I had enough opinions from other people on what I looked like, who I should be and what I should do. And in some instances, I actually listened. Now, I realize the importance of being myself. If I want to dress up in a plastic bag dress and make art out of 6 months worth of garbage, I do it. If I want to make a short film about my mental health struggles, I do it.
Think of all the things you've ever wished you had the courage to do but never did because you were too scared of what others will think? Which leads to the question: Who is in control of your Life?
2) I NOT ONLY CARE ABOUT ISSUES, I MAKE AN EFFORT TO BE A PART OF THE CHANGE
If I don't like something, I make an effort to change it. Like transitioning to a Zero Waste lifestyle. If I believe strongly in something, I make an effort to spread the message like with The Fault Lines Project. If you want change, be a part of it. I no longer stand on the sidelines and stare, nor do I just complain, I'm actively involved.
3) WHAT I'VE ALWAYS WANTED IS A DREAM COME TRUE
For as long as I could remember, I've always wanted to help people. I always knew I wasn't a 9-5er and I always wanted to make meaningful connections, be connected to my community and engage with youth. I wanted to do this through my art forms and today it is my world. I form friendships with the youth I mentor and connect with like-minded, positive hearts that I can continuously collaborate with. I set my own schedule and some days, I even get to bring my son with me to work.
4) I WON'T EVER STOP CREATING OR LEARNING
There are some days when my Zero Waste life makes me sad because I probably won't ever be able to paint with such vibrant colours again, but I realize that just because I let go of one medium doesn't mean I'll ever stop creating. I'll find new ways, new techniques, explore different mediums and fall in love with different ways of creating. I know that as an Artist my education is Life. I'm in school every day and embracing the challenge is part of the art.
5) I LOVE THE WOMEN IN MY LIFE
I just love them. You know who you ladies are. As a teen, I never really had good female friends. I always wanted solid girl friends - not the kind that are judgemental or weather-wise either. There's something so beautiful about being around women that not only get you, but they love you unconditionally, are supportive and are there no matter how many months it's been since you've talked. Most of my girls (a few are in the picture above) are not even in the same city as me, but I know we're sisters (and nap buddies) for Life.