Never stop learning! That should be our Middle (St)age mantra. But you know, I think our generation and those a bit ahead of us in the pack have some crazy reputation for being set in our ways.
What the hey? Where did that notion come from?! That's just cuckoo!!
Take me, for instance. Just because I have been with Allstate since the Beatles broke up, or at least Wings, have drunk the same coffee since my first hangover and haven't had a new hairstyle since my senior prom... Well, I wouldn't say I'm stuck in my ways.
Who am I kidding? I love routine!!!! Some of that could be because I am an actor and have to change jobs like some people change socks. Drinking the same coffee brand day after day makes me feel like I have some control over my day. Some control before I go into an audition room and allow complete strangers to tell me whether they think I am any good at what I have done for a living for 26 years. And most of the people judging my capabilities were playing hopscotch when I was doing my first Broadway show.
Is hopscotch still a thing? Is there virtual hopscotch? Let me check Wikipedia....
See what I did there? Learning!
I took a tap dancing class recently. I looked like a flapping idiot, but I got a little better at it every week. I enrolled in a guru workout program and did an intensive six week boot camp that put me in the best shape of my life. I threw up a lot and have since gained back all the weight... But I did it! I also carry around an awesome podcast and try to learn Spanish on the subway. It's just not that hard to stay fresh and motivate yourself to learn something new. Es verdad?
Look, just because I love routine does not mean I don't keep myself in a constant state of information gathering. I stay open to new thoughts. I stay creative and I open myself to new learning experiences. It's everything that makes visibility, viability and fun possible for now and forever.
I might even try a different coffee tomorrow morning.
Now, go watch the first three new episodes of Season Three of Middle (St)age! You'll feel better about yourself!
Middle (St)age is written by Stacia Fernandez and Jacob Pinion and can be seen in it's entirety on Stage17.tv. Follow Stacia at @Fernandezstacia -- follow her character Marina Lippon at @MarinaLippon or follow her page MIDDLE STAGE on Facebook. Just don't follow her around the grocery store. It makes her nervous.
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