Michael (fireheart) wrote,

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On Being Old(er)

This weekend was ConBust over at Smith College. ConBust is a great convention. As a college convention it is off the charts. The way that they are able to maintain continuity and good relations with their sponsoring college both continuous amaze me. As a convention, ConBust can well hold its own against any con out there.

I am now thirty. I ran 5Con IX 9 years ago, and I about a decade older than most of the people involved in running ConBust. I am also 10 years older than Annie, and some people look askance at that. I think otherwise. I think of who I am today and who I was 10 years ago. Frankly, 10 years ago, I was a dick. As I have gotten older, I have gotten better in many ways. (It's not just a line from a bumper sticker). I have learned a great deal about how to get along with and treat well other people. I have also learned a great deal about myself, how I react to situations, when my beast will try to run off with me, etc.

Age also gives me distance and perspective with which I can be valuable to groups like SSFFS and other college groups because I can tell them how things were done in the ancient times, to perhaps help them to avoid mistakes of the past or to keep from having to reinvent the wheel. It is a good place to be.

So far, 30 has treated me pretty well. 2010 has been a year of moving forward to become more of who I want to be and to live more of the life I want to live.
Tags: age, conbust
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