Great image, right? Thank God I grew out of ghetto acrylics, tanning, and that heavy eye-makeup. My friends..
.not so much. Kidding!
Recently, while working on a pitch for an alcoholic beverage, I got to thinking about where I've been in life. The premise of all my thoughts in relation to this pitch was really, that it's not about the drink you're drinking, but about the memories and the friends and family you're with while you're drinking.
The older I get, the more nostalgia seems to want to bop me on my head. The "remember whens" are becoming more and more common discussions of our girls nights and of course, the star of our Instagram Throwback Thursdays. Most of these stories come from spending time in college in my sorority, with my friends, vacationing in tiny hotels in Panama City with piles of girls in one room, or spending entire days drinking at various "fests" and parties named after streets in Kent because well, it was a good excuse to party-- right?
But it wasn't about the Natty Light in my hand, it was about the people I was surrounded by.
During a brainstorm of recent college grads and young professionals for this pitch, I heard their "remember whens" and they resembled my own. College. Before life got real, and we had bills to pay and no parents to bail us out when we didn't have beer money for that weekend. But, do we have to live in the past?
Can't we keep making "remember whens?" Yes, it might be 55 days a year on mostly weekends, versus the 365 days in college but, why not?
Live a little.
Say yes to weekends in Put-in-Bay with new and old friends, say yes to concerts in Chicago that you may pay way too much cash-o-la for but, you can't put a price on the experience, say yes to vacations and travel and life.
Because it's easy to say no. No, I have no cash. I have work. I'm tired. I'd rather not. But, then you'll only have those "remember whens" from college and before "real" life, and the farther you get from those--the harder they will be to remember and to look back on.
So, keep making them. Keep making "remember whens." Because there can be better and more memorable moments in every phase of our lives to some day look back on. It doesn't have to end just because we've all grown up a little and life is different.
Carpe Diem, right?