I find stereotypes really interesting. Not saying I agree with them – or even disagree with them: I just find them interesting. For instance, people say New York is dirty and crazy and the people are rude and crazy. Sometimes that’s absolutely right. But tens of thousands of people a day visit the city. Quests, adventure, I ❤ NY everywhere. Seems counterintuitive for a dirty, rude city for people to want to visit. I went to NYC’s Fleet Week this past weekend. It’s in those moments of walking around my city, watching people connect and show appreciation for the military and whatnot that it makes me so proud to be from there.
The city changes for events such as Fleet Week. When a NY team wins the World Series or Stanley Cup or whatever sport you’re into. You get the idea. I watched people in cabs flag down Sailors crossing the street to give them money to buy a drink. Service members getting VIP treatment to observation decks of the Empire State Building and the Freedom Tower. Free meals and beer and people genuinely appreciative of other people. It’s an unforgettable experience.
I also checked off another Broadway show while I was home. It may be hard to believe, but until this weekend, I had never seen The Lion King on the big stage! I’ve been hesitant to see it. With it being my favorite movie, I had high expectations and I didn’t want to be disappointed! Well. I was not. The costumes and puppet work was phenomenal. Nothing I imagined it would be and I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I was enthralled. I wish I had a thousand pairs of eyes to see everything. One to see again, methinks!
I’ve been struggling with humaning lately. It’s difficult to explain. But I’ve been in a funk that I have not been able to shake. I have no idea what’s going on in my mind. But the struggle is real! THE STRUGGLE IS REAL HERE, PEOPLE!!! For the last few days (OK, maybe weeks or months), I’ve had to force myself to focus on the positive instead of dwelling on the negative. I know. I should write motivational posters or something. I’m pretty original like that. Anywho. I’ve never really had to do that before. Of course I’ve had my days, but usually I’d like to think I’m a pretty glass half full kind of lady (well, optimally sized). But I digress.
Yesterday one of my co-workers found out she was getting promoted. I happened to be with her when she got the news. It was one of the greatest reactions of sheer happiness and pure joy (yes, I know these are synonyms and this sentence is completely redundant) that I have had the pleasure of witnessing. It was humbling. She has worked extremely hard to achieve this goal of hers and in that moment of good news, everyone present could literally feel what it meant to her. The hard work and dedication had finally paid off. We need more moments like that in the world. The things that have a HUGE impact on someone because of what they worked for and earned. And that people are comfortable with being happy for themselves and proud of their achievements.
We spend so much time as a society trying not to single anyone out that we’ve stopped giving credit where it is due. And I think that is part of my struggle lately. We become selfish and braggers if we self promote our accomplishments. But we’re fishing for compliments and searching for attention if we try to downplay them. There’s no winning. But the reaction I got to experience yesterday – that was real. We deserve more of that. Those genuine reactions to life. The smile that is put on someone’s face because they are recognized for what they do. So while I continue to figure out the humaning thing, I think of those moments. And I thank the people who make them possible and aren’t afraid to show it. You be you. Hakuna Matata!