Lauren Kennedy // 34 Years Old // By Sesar Sanchez

#9 PORTRAIT

Lauren Kennedy // 34 Years Old // By Sesar Sanchez

Lauren Kennedy // 34 Years Old // By Sesar Sanchez

"It's hard to know where to start. Life is ridiculously good right now. My mom was just over, so I asked for her help on how to answer. And that's definitely my first favorite thing: my mom is still here, and we help each other. It's a huge thing. Not something I take for granted at this point. Her advice on how to answer any tough question: "Start with , 'what I really want to say right now is...'" And that's good advice. So what's my favorite part about life? What I really want to say right now is, in the last few years, I learned how to feel like I'm enough. That's it. I know what it feels like to just be enough. I'm still learning, but after decades without that ever having that feeling, I wouldn't trade it for anything. And feeling that way means that I can accept all of the ridiculously good things about life, and give back. Without that feeling, without feeling like I was enough, nothing else ever felt like enough either, and so I wasted a lot. And I can't get that time back, but I have stopped wasting it, and I have such an energy for digging into the time I have left, feeling and doing as much as I can, and helping as much as I can. It's the best. Also, cherries are my favorite food, and it's cherry season, and I have several trees that I can eat from any time I want. This is the literal cherry on top."

Becky M. /by/ Scott Itamura

Becky M. /by/ Scott Itamura

She may look serious, which she can easily be when needed, but most times she's a softie with a big kind heart, who's quick with a smile and like most humans she loves to laugh.

Taking care of her family, cat and doing a good job at work are what makes her happy about life.

Her job, by the way, is taking care of my mother when I'm back in Chico on the weekends and when my mom has non-medical social appointments.

She's an advocate, caregiver and good friend. I am so glad she is on our team.

Johnny Dutro // 37 years old // By Stephen Barry

Johnny Dutro // 37 years old // By Stephen Barry

"Communing with the spirit of my true nature."

Self Portrait /by/ Christine A Connerly

Self Portrait /by/ Christine A Connerly

I took a self-portrait in my office at work. I took many photos and most showed my exhaustion and the ravages of age. This one made me look the most human.

Olive Bone // 1 year old (almost) // by Michael Bone

Olive Bone // 1 year old (almost) // by Michael Bone

Olive lives to learn new things. This is her as she learns to back up and sit on a tiny bench.

Kandis Horton-Jorth //  56 years old // by Kandis Horton-Jorth

Kandis Horton-Jorth // 56 years old // by Kandis Horton-Jorth

"Making art and sharing what I know about it is what I love best. This pic, with my annihilated classroom in the background, hopefully shows the dichotomy between my anticipation about retiring and the frustration and sadness at losing a student last week in a car accident while still having to function for the rest of my kids while packing up a career."

Byrnyce // 88 Years Old // By Lauren Kennedy

Byrnyce // 88 Years Old // By Lauren Kennedy

"My favorite thing about life is that I'm still here and enjoying myself. And I have some friends who I can enjoy with. Having friends...well, who you get older, your friends die, and it can get lonely. So I'm still here, I have friends, and I'm able to enjoy my home. And enjoy nature. I love nature."

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