My boyfriend and I refer to the EDM DJ, Diplo (Wesley Pentz), as “my husband.” I’ve been a fan of him for years. Four years ago, when I worked at American Eagle, we cranked up Major Lazer (one of Diplo’s side project with DJ Switch) as we cleaned. His concerts are insane, filled with tumbling beats and twerking dancers. He runs his own label, Mad Decent, and shelters a host of promising artists under that umbrella, hosts a show on Sirus XM radio, as well as keeps a residency at the club, Surrender, in Las Vegas.
Diplo inspires me to be creative and try different things (despite my Jamaican background, I couldn’t stand reggae music until a couple of years ago). His lifestyle reminds me that staying busy is a good thing and collaborations are key. Plus, he keeps me dancing and shaking it off… Keep it weird and fun, Diplo.
Remember when you were a kid and you thought your birthday was the best day on the planet? It was filled with candles and presents and special treatment. Well, birthdays can suck it. I don’t want to turn 29- I really don’t. Birthdays are the sad reminder that I haven’t accomplished much. I haven’t graduated from college. Still don’t know how to drive. I thought I’d be married by now, or have at least made some poor romantic choices and would be running after a kid now.
I get that everyone has their own path to follow and you shouldn’t compare yourself to others’ journeys. But I know I have strayed on my path, not taking opportunities I should have and being completely lazy about others. I regret a lot of things in my short life and I’m finding that the older I get, the harder it is to find change and be gifted with such opportunities, like driving lessons and advances in my career.
A few weeks ago, I sat down with my boyfriend and some friends to watch “The Big Lebowski.” I fell asleep within the first twenty minutes. This week, I’m nursing a cold and wanted something a little slow to watch to help me fall asleep. I ended up putting “Lebowski” but I stayed up, watching the entire film. If you’re not familiar with the movie, Jeff Bridges stars as Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, a simple but cool-headed man who finds himself in the middle of a scandal. My fellow swears by “the Dude,” and his easygoingness. This guy is the epitome of keep calm and carry on. He is just happy to hang out in his slippers, while drinking his White Russians. The Dude abides– The Dude will take it easy. The Dude lives on.
While I’m not a fan of vodka and cream, I really admire The Dude and his attitude towards life. Last night, I thought about how The Dude would feel about turning 29… He would probably shrugged and help himself to another alcoholic beverage. He would tell himself that you still have time to accomplish things, whether its getting a license, graduating from school, becoming an editor or a mom or a professional bowler…
Bring it on, 29. Bring it on.