I have a whole post to write up on the event DD2 and I attended last night through MN Blogger Bash. It was held and hosted by the Chanhassen Dinner Theater. I was one of the older attendees and I think most close to my age were guests, not bloggers or Instagrammers themselves. I didn't mind-I like hanging out with younger folks, particularly those that are creative people. The writers, photographers, videographers, and artists of this age give me hope and energy. While many are saddled with student debt and may be working day jobs that pay the bill, but might not be their dream, they're using the other parts of their days to nurture their creative side, and perhaps even make some good money out of it.
My daughter is using her creative smarts to start a non-profit to work with youth, particularly those at most risk of not finishing high school, in the arts. She had a position like this for a summer and loved how she saw kids from highly traumatic backgrounds, thrive with a camera or paint brush in their hand, or sitting behind a pottery wheel. She's on step one of probably 50, with a long road ahead, but starting with volunteering with groups already working with youth in different capacities.
I got a few texts from my son, updating me on his current job location which is taking him across country and back again. I love how he is not afraid to take risks with his career. I can't say the instability doesn't make a mom nervous, but for the time being his life is just himself and he is building up his credibility. The big break may come next month, or year, or maybe never. Who's to say everyone has to make it big to be successful? This generation doesn't.
I guess that is part of why I like attending the local blogging events. While some are exclusive for bloggers and Instagrammers with large followings-I don't get invites to them-these broader ones let me mix and mingle, find new people to read and follow, and keep me informed. I saw a few recognizable faces and blog names.The young generation, knows they need to pay bills but aren't settling for just jobs and know they can do more. I like that about them.