Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 2:57PM
I got an interesting comment on my Facebook Wall yesterday. Of course, I couldn’t let it stand without a snarky reply:
Obviously I blurred out Rick’s last name, so I’m not posting this to embarrass someone. I bring it up because I think I’m in the midst of a nostalgic phase. Isn’t it just astounding how life can change so drastically in a matter of months? Then you think about years and eventually decades. I’ll be turning 30 in a little more than a year. If life had gone “according to plan” when I was 20… wow.
Now I'm hitting the one-year anniversary of starting my new career.
What have I been nostalgic about? Mainly my TV days, I suppose. It’s like anything else – give it a little time, and the aspects you hated won’t seem as terrible, and the good times will seem that much greater.
I even dug out the DVD of my final newscast as anchor and producer of NewsChannel 7 at Noon in Wausau. I posted it to YouTube because I thought it would be fun for people to see – those who could reminisce with me, and others who would get a kick out of how long my hair used to be. But I think there was also a selfish reason: I don’t want people to forget about me.
Forget about me? It sounds so silly, but that could be why I feel the need to type it out and put it on the Internet -- so I can get it out of my system! If I wanted to be known and liked, I could have stayed in TV. I could pursue more opportunities with the casting agency that has me listed in its talent database.
Instead, I feel as though I’m keeping a few aspects of my life in the public eye. It’s quite easy with social media, since that “public eye” is largely online, if you want to look at it that way. I have Twitter followers, Facebook friends and website visitors I don’t know. But you know a part of me, and I’m comfortable with that.
Although I’m not on television everyday, my voice is still heard. I can even offer my opinion every once in a while! And when I do remind myself about the unstable and explosive environment I left behind, I know I made the right choice for right now.
So apparently Rick thinks I was on TV yesterday morning. See? It’s like I never left…