My generation faces a lot of stereotypes that I usually loudly combat. Millennials are lazy, entitled, overeducated with no common sense, materialistic, etc.
You’ve heard it all before, and some of you may have said it. If you’ve said it around me, you’ve probably gotten an earful.
But there is one Millennial stereotype that I won’t argue with: We don’t sit still.
Whether that’s good or bad depends on who you ask, but it’s pretty inarguable that my generation is thirsty for more — all the time. Whether professionally (changing jobs frequently) or personally (deciding to live in India for a month), we hold loyalty to nothing and no one more than we hold loyalty to our personal growth.
It’s why I left my home a year ago to take an internship with the Aspen Music Festival and School. It’s why I stayed here for my job at the Post Independent, even though I miss my family and the city.
And it’s why I made the bittersweet decision to leave the Post Independent after just over a year.
In a circular turn of events, I’ve been offered a job in the marketing department of the Aspen Music Festival and School — the same department I moved to Colorado in which to intern. This will be the last issue of Scene put out under my short but personally meaningful reign as arts and entertainment editor. Will Grandbois, my friend and colleague at the Post, will be taking over beginning on Monday. Knowing Scene will be in good hands has lightened the blow of leaving.
This was not an easy decision for me. You can ask various friends who talked me through pros and cons lists for days and listened to me definitively say, “I’m not going to take the job,” then “I’m going to take the job” about 15 times each.
The truth is, while my Millennial nature to bounce around is strong, I was also raised with an “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy. And not only was my time at the Post not broke, it was a dream. It was everything I hoped for in a newspaper job. If it weren’t for being so far from home, I’m quite certain I could be happy in my position forever.
But ultimately, that itch for intense personal growth won out. Newspapers is all I know; marketing for an arts nonprofit is something I’d like to know. How could I live with myself if I passed up the opportunity to learn a whole new valuable skill set from one of the most prestigious arts nonprofits in the world?
When I really sat down and thought about what I want and need out of life right now, I knew what I had to do.
But it wasn’t easy.
I’ve met and befriended countless members of this valley’s vibrant art scene over the last year. I’ve gotten comfortable with my repeat sources. I try my hardest to take care of this community the best I can because I love it. From the bottom of my heart, I love this art community. I love the collaboration I see, the willingness to lend a hand to someone embarking on a new artistic venture, the creativity and ingenuity, the kindness, the passion.
And I love that you’ve welcomed me so warmly as a part of all of it.
Journalists are supposed to toe the line between participants and onlookers, but I’ve crossed that line long ago — some of you have grabbed my hand and dragged me across it. This community means the world to me, not just because you’ve given me stories to write, but because you’ve given me a place I belong.
At 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, head out to Colorado Rocky Mountain School for “Once Upon a Mattress,” a musical comedy that tells the story of the princess and the pea. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and students, and they can be purchased at the door.
Starting at 8 a.m., head over to the Carbondale Firehouse to enjoy the free 39th annual Carbondale Christmas Boutique.
Don’t miss Literature Out loud, a free event at Explore Booksellers in Aspen. Readers David Segal and John Keleher will read “Afternoon of the Sassanoa” by Jason Brown and “Palais de Justice” by Mark Helprin. It’s story time for adults, brought to you by Pitkin County Library.
Jessica Cabe will see you around. She can still be reached at email@example.com.
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