We were exchanging airport stories. She was traveling with her big family. They had made plans and lists. Organization was attempted. Even still, the best laid plans of travelers… They unloaded and reloaded, resembling more of a comedy than a dance. Nearing the end, she thought she heard the security guard say, “You’re awesome.” All smiles, giddy with delight that they had navigated through this maze unscathed, and apparently quite remarkably, she replied, “Oh, thank you!! Thank you! You’re AWESOME too!” He hadn’t said “awesome.” “No,” he replied stoically, “You’re all set.” We hear what we want to hear.
I suppose we do this a million times a day, try to translate what is said by others, even what we tell ourselves. People ask me all the time, how do you write every day. Saying they could never do it. Really, we all do it, I just happen to put it down on the page. We are in a constant state of listening and telling our stories. What is said and what is heard are often so different. This is why I love my friend’s story so much! In all the chaos around her, the story she was hearing in her head was that she, they, were awesome! What if we all told ourselves that today? What if the voices in our head told us we were doing great? That we looked fabulous! That we were really something! Then we would, in fact, be “all set!”
Have a great day, my friends! You ARE awesome!