I am a Gen X woman now finding my way through midlife. Fortunately, Gen X has redefined what that means. Here I will share my nostalgia for the past, my experiences in present time and my perspective on it all.
Well it’s the last days of summer and I can already feel those first electric, slightly cool winds of fall. My favorite time of year. Except for maybe this year. 2008 saw financial misery for nearly everyone. From art exhibitions to the checkout line at CVS people were loudly and bitterly complaining about their unhappiness. In 2016 it felt like just about every musician I grew up with dropped dead. 2020? Well let’s just call it the Murphy’s Law of the century. Everything that could go wrong pretty much has so far. Just as I was about to embark on a year of fantastic travel and adventure I was incarcerated in a global lockdown that no one saw coming. Adventures put on hold, I sat home with my digital devices. If not for the escape provided by Netflix and Amazon I would only be bombarded with the constant reports of riots, injustices, death and opposition of people who refuse to even try to work together. With no new real experiences to write about and zero interest in writing another piece about the current state of the world, I have had very little inspiration of late.
Remember Tom? Tom Anderson, the leader of our much smaller online world of 2003, was every Myspace user’s first friend. Smiling back at us from our self-designed pages he would give us an encouraging thumbs up. Apparently I am not alone in missing him as 2020 saw many wistful articles written about where his is now.
Originally written in 2017, I still love and follow most of these accounts. Hygge_for_home Pronounced hoo-gah, the Danish concept of Hygge is something that I have been obsessed with for many years. In fact, I have pretty much always lived my life this way before I even knew there was a word for it. Hygge is a Danish word that roughly translates as a cozy feeling or enjoyment of life’s simple pleasures. The Danish created this concept and lifestyle in the 18th century and it is now a fundamental part of their culture. The basic idea is to surround yourself with things that make you feel happy, warm and cozy. It can be yourself or your favorite people, candles, soft fuzzy blankets, a hot cup of cocoa or a good home cooked meal. I follow a few Hygge Instagram feeds but this is one of my favorites as it shows great examples of how to decorate your home or garden in the Hygge way. Funny as I’m writing this I am looking around my living room and am noticing how similar this woman’s home and my home actually look.
Fair warning: The bottom half of this article contains spoilers for Netflix season 4 The Crown’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana. If you know your British Royals history, then technically it contains no spoilers at all. 😉
Once again we have made it to the week of Halloween and all of its spooky glory. Had 2020 not turned out to be the nightmare before Christmas, many of us would be attending some form of Halloween festivities. Alas some of us may find ourselves huddled up on a couch watching scary movies while others may get creative with a Zoom virtual party.
The end of a year is always a common time to reflect on the past. Writing a blog that focuses on the evolution of Gen X today also has me a bit nostalgic. Following is a small handful of memories that helped shape us from the start. Join me in the new year and we will explore who we are now.
Birthday Crises With the dreaded big 4-0 quickly approaching I had been thinking I needed a change. I loved LA for so many things. Among them the weather, the beaches and my long drives up the coast through Malibu. Hollywood nights with friends and the live music scene was also something I enjoyed. I loved switching among the vibes of Venice Beach, Santa Monica and Melrose. If I wanted a faster pace I could head into Tinsel Town or Downtown. Driving 4-6 hours in any direction would land me in a completely different city and vibe. The trouble was, Los Angeles attracts so many selfish, narcissistic people. It makes the decent people more difficult to find. I had reached a point where I wanted substance. Also, I was finally ready to drop the actors and musicians in favor of a normal, healthy relationship. It would be tough to leave my friends and the good things about LaLa Land but around age 35 I started researching options.
With Halloween once again fast approaching it seemed like a good time to talk about famous cemeteries. Here are a few I have seen along my travels.