Goodbye, love.

18. The legal mark of adulthood, but it’s not some sort of immaculate transformation, and our generation has less milestones to look to than those before us. Growing up is one thing, but when do we become adults?

For years now, I’ve been keeping track of the lessons learned as I’ve come into my own adulthood. I’ve gone back and forth about sharing them, but it wasn’t till I received an email that my AmeriCorps program – committed to strengthening the public media infrastructure – was bidding adieu after a decade’s worth of service that I needed to share at least this one.

I’ve been visited by reincarnations of this particular lesson over several years, and it has been especially poignant in the last month. It started when, despite enormous effort from myself and many associated with the School of Interdisciplinary Studies over two years, our academic division was stripped of its collegiate status at Miami University. In the last month, the House strapped a rider to the budget resolution that would essentially eliminate AmeriCorps. And tonight, the Transmission Project is raising its last toast in Boston.

So here is one of the most heart wrenching lessons I’ve had to learn about adulthood, and one with which I have yet to come to grips: As we grow older, we outlive the things we love.

Goodbye, CTC VISTA Project. Goodbye, Digital Arts Service Corps. My class and the staff have inspired me to no end. I can’t thank you enough.


Photo by Morgan Sully


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A nibble: Open-mindedness

I was reminiscing about my first year of college during my ride around Reeds Lake this morning. It’s a question I often come back to: How have people changed since college? Or to be more universal, how have people changed since maturing into adulthood?

At the end of my first year of college, I decided to compile a list of all the lessons I had learned that year. I came up with 30 some-odd blurbs. I thought it was such a good way to track development that I was determined to keep up with it each year. Of course, that fell by the wayside, and my original list is lost to the 1s and 0s because my aunt then wiped the hard drive on my old laptop.

Despite this, the one lesson that has recently come back to me is this nibble:

It’s easy to be narrow-minded when you think you’re open-minded.

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