Life advice from a 30-year-old

Posted April 17, 2018 at 4:08 pm

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By Brendan Uhl

I think every paper ought to have an advice column, and I’m officially interviewing for the job. Sure, I’m only 30, but hear me out. Originally it was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, but like most things in my life, the more I explored the idea, the more interesting it became.

Caught somewhere between a young adult and a mid-life crisis, 30 offers just enough life experience to have gained some perspective on what’s important, and yet not so much life experience to have lost my youthful idealism. Three decades of life and nine grandparents have gifted me the ability to connect with baby-boomers, while still maintaining just enough hipness to connect with younger generations. Put it this way: I listen to James Taylor and Justin Bieber. (If you’re asking yourself who Justin Bieber is, ask a 12-year-old girl).

Let’s talk about what I think is my main qualification for the job, and I’ll put this out there right away: I’ve made a ton of mistakes in my life, particularly between the ages of 18-24. I could tell the whole story, but I’ll spare you all the details for now. Besides, if I lay it all out now, who would buy the book? Suffice it to say I had dug myself a dark hole by 24, and I’ve had to do a complete turn-around physically, mentally, and spiritually to climb out. The work will never be done, but it continues to bring me insight about myself that I believe could be valuable to others.

Now, here’s my best attempt to list the topics I feel qualified to give advice on, without sounding self-aggrandizing:

Parenting Young Children

Addiction & Recovery

The College Experience

Internet Marketing


People Skills

Personal Development

Career Questions

Health and Exercise



I’d love to hear what the Hometowner readers have to say about this idea. Write the editor. Better yet, write me! Discuss it amongst yourselves over coffee. Want to hear a fresh perspective on an old topic? Let me know! Want to know what drives these darn millennials? I can write about that!

Truly, I look forward to hearing from you. Until next time…

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