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Thoughts on 40



When I turned 33, the last thing being celebrated that day was me. And I was completely okay with it.


My cousin Lauren just got married to an awesome guy named Alex the night before (short story short-my other cousin Christian is married to a guy named Robert, who just happens to be Alex's brother. So my cousins are legally sisters. Weird, right?), my whole family was at a brunch celebrating the wedding, my cousin Christian announced to everyone the sex of her first baby, and it was Mother's Day.


I was more than happy to share that day with such good news and good people.


So, 7 years later, my day falls again on Mother's Day. And again, I'm glad to deflect this huge number to another occasion being celebrated.


I think back to my life at 33 and how different it will be at 40.


33-My career was going great and my home life suffered for it.


40-My home life is going great and I have no 'career.'


That is a crude way of putting the biggest difference in the two ages.


I'll explain-


At 33, I was in the middle of a long string of acting roles/opportunities that helped shape me as an actor and a person:

Directed at a great regional house

Played some 'white whale' level roles, such as:

Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The Celebrant in Bernstein: MASS

Enjolras in Les Miserables

Kyle, the UPS Guy in Legally Blonde


My wife had just played Patti Page in Flipside: The Patti Page Story Off-Broadway in NYC.

She was also in Les Miz with me as an amazing Fantine.


All the time we shared apart didn't necessarily make our time together better. I definitely took for granted our relationship and didn't put the work into it. Not like the work I was putting into my career.


Flash forward to now:


We no longer live in NYC. We no longer are actors as a main profession. We are expecting our first child, a boy. We have put the work into our marriage and I can say that no matter what good or bad comes my way, I know I can deal with it because that relationship is well maintained and supports me.


But the lingering thought and feeling I struggle with is, "What am I going to do now?"


I have put so much of my identity in my career. I always wanted to be an actor that was called on for his work. And now I don't work. So how can I be called on?


I have fully embraced this transition of my life and can look at the past year in 3 parts;

Act One

Intermission

Act Two.


Act One-Life until July 30. My career in NYC. My marriage. My family and friends. My college(s) experiences.


Intermission-July 30, 2018 to June 18, 2019. My new life in Philadelphia. My son that is growing in my wife's belly. My very strange existence here as a sometimes actor/church singer/catering manager.


Act Two-my son's delivery and life that waits for me. I have no idea what to expect. I cannot predict what will happen or who I will become. But I embrace the uncertainty and welcome the change. I had a good run of 40 years. I know the next 40 will be more rewarding and more memorable than the last 40. Not saying better or worse.


I will continue to grow and try to become a better man. I have been sober 2 months, I have shed a lot of things in the past few years that were making me a man I didn't want to be. I will try to evolve into a man who doesn't seek his sole identity in the work he does. I will be spoken for in my relationships. I will use my beautiful wife and child as a mirror for the man I am.


I will strive to let go of the feeling that New York City and my Broadway dreams failed me.


That they let me go and didn't care that I left.


That I wasted 20 years.





That I failed.




In Act 2, there is resolution. I anticipate that and welcome it with open arms.

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