Friday, August 13, 2010

Who's The Old Dude?

That would be me.

I started a new job this week and I'm sure I'm at least 10 years older than EVERYONE. Which is waaaay cool. And very inspiring. My outward appearance has been beaten down by cancer, too many 50-70 hour work weeks and Mother Nature taking it's course. But it's not what's on the outside that counts. Inside, I feel reborn. Re-energized. Ready.

I was the youngest at a small advertising agency in Los Angeles in 1981––Chiat/Day––working in the mailroom with no idea of what I wanted to do "when I grew up." It was at Chiat/Day that I met my Wife, Teresa, and began a journey that has given me so much. At the time I was 22 years old. And I had thought that any years I lived after 21 were bonus years. Why? I lived in a tough area of LA. Was only 6 years old when one of my friends died. Had friends shot and killed. Played sports with cops circling the baseball field and steel bars on the windows of the basketball gym. Played one-on-one with gang bangers so I could get home safe from the playground.

Chris, from my former job, told me that the people at my new job would adore me. Respect me for the knowledge I had that I take for granted. Admire me for my accomplishments. Accept me because of the person I am. (Thanks, Chris. You're the best). Who's the old dude? I am.

And blessed to be there.


Jmarls80 said...

Keep updates from the "Old Dude" rollin in! Miss you over here.

Mitch said...

This goes under the heading "A blast from the past"

Greg, If I remember correctly from our days together at Chiat/Day you were never old, but that was decades ago.

Old dudes rule!

Greg Johnston said...

You blasted, my friend. Great to see you're alive and well. Those CD days are alive and well where I work now.

Would love to know what you're up to.

libby said...

Age doesn't make you the office "old dude." Clipping your cellphone to your belt does. :D

Greg Johnston said...

libby, thanks for the hearty chuckle. And since I very rarely wear a belt, I'll be extra sensitive to NOT wearing my "cellie" on my white, er, pleather belt.