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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Peter Kreten: "The Golden Years" Introduction

This past week I had the pleasure of going out to dinner with two of my grammar school classmates. It had been about 15 years since the three of us were in a room together. As we sat, eat, and reminiscent, this sense of adulthood began to overtake me. It’s funny, in my mind I still think of myself as a “student” and not an adult.

This encounter has caused me to think about a multitude of memories over the past few days, my friends in grade school, my high school experiences, college, the white hen, and so much more. No matter how much you yearn for things to stay the same, nothing ever does. Time marches on as it always does.

While all of this was running through my head, a question popped into my mind. If I had to pick a “golden period” of my life, what would it be? Without much hesitation, the years of 2004-2005 entered. So I thought it would be fun with my next few blogs to write about these two years, and why they are the golden period of my life. The focuses of these blogs will be music, movies, friends, and a few surprises along the way.


Spudart said...

This sounds like a great series. It's fun to look back at years like this. It's even cooler that you are capturing what made those years so great.

One thing I would like to point out, when I was in art school, one of the art majors who was a year older than me (thus making her much wiser than myself) pointed out how people like to talk about previous years were so great. But as an artist, the future is always better. We learn from the past and the past artworks we've done. And we grow and improve upon the artwork that we make. As artists, we can never just sit and wish we were in the past. We have the opportunity to keep creating, and to keep making better artwork than we have made before.

Spudart said...

I should also note that I often thought about past years as the best years. Fifth grade was the best. Then sixth grade was the best. Then 8th grade was the best. Then high school junior year was the best. Then high school senior year was the best. Then sophomore year college was the best. Then junior year college. Then senior year college.

It's kinda hard to say after that. I definitely enjoyed college immensely, and I still try to find out ways to incorporate the things I liked about college into my life now:
-- Easy access to friends.
-- Open, creative working space.
-- Collaboration with artists.
-- Learning.
-- Sharing.

Then I think about my favorite years in the workplace and that was my first five years at Tribune when we had a full marketing department and New Toy Fridays and going out to bars after work.

Right now is kind of an in-between time. But I'm flourishing as an artist. I've never taken so many photos in my life--a couple thousand a month. I'm finding new ways to share my work. I think I could use more people to share my work with. And to have a cool collaborative creative working place.

But the key is always to be content. To be thankful for the now. Always looking to improve on where you are now. So yeah, it's good to look at the past, because it gives us clues for what we'd like our future to be.

Peter Kreten said...

Those are great comments Matt. What I think it is, is we humans always look for the familiar. And that's exactly what the past is, we remember, and we know what happen. There's no fear of the unknown.

Not only that I think that we tend to forget the negative of the past and only remember the positives. Right now could be consider a golden age for me too. I have a good job, in Grad school, so much is happening. Yet it's still fun to remember when.