Look at this nonsense.
|that girl right there is a big shot. She makes all kinds of important things happen with important people. Mostly though, she makes an important but happy fool of herself. Blurrily. OH EM GEE. FANCY BATHROOM SHOT.|
I've been living large for two days at a conference of Global Leaders that my boss leads. He's a really big shot, I'm just a normal sized big shot.
We are here:
|GENTLY SPARKLING water. I can't even begin to tell you how much that full on sparkling water grinds my gears.|
The Peninsula Chicago. It's a super fancy schmancy hotel in the city.
Now, I grew up having nice things and my dad worked really hard in order to take us on nice vacations and we stayed in fancy places and ate in fancy restaurants and we got to experience a lot of really high class stuff, for which I'm grateful.
HOWEVER, when I became a classy drunk, I became homeless and desperate and lived in a public park for the better part of a year. So I feel safe in saying that I've lived the extremes. I know we had more than most growing up. I also know I had less than nothing as an adult, and now am somewhere in the middle where I am more than comfortable, and so grateful for everything I have. I talk about gratitude a lot. Because I never take any of my life for granted. Not for one second.
BACK TO BEING A BIG SHOT.
ahem ahem ahem.
I have had a team of 5 people waiting hand and foot on my ass for 2 days. There is one dude, who literally hustles up these stairs at least 3 times an hour. He is constantly sweating. He is awesome. He says, "I love my job!" with a big grin on his face every time he gets to the top of the stairs as he looks at me and the least I can do is give him a big grin back.
The guys here at the meeting are all big shots in their particular part of the world, and we are kind of like my favorite ride, IT'S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL ride. Did I ever tell you about the time I saw Sir Paul McCartney on that ride? I did? Oh well, never mind then.
I love my job, that is no secret. I love my boss. That is the key. But some of these other dudes are fascinating. I watch them come out each break to get on their phones, run down the stairs and pace back and forth to make their important calls, some in other languages and all very very URGENT.
My boss comes out and chats with me and has some of my macadamia nuts here on my little desk the entire time. DAMN YOU MACADAMIA NUTS AND YOUR DELICIOUSNESS DAMN YOU STRAIGHT TO HELL.
and these chocolate rock candies:
that are EVERYWHERE.
These guys at this meeting infuriate me and make me sad at the same time. I have a soft spot for them because my dad was a business man who travelled all the time and worked really really hard to provide such a good life for his family. But he was rarely home. And I see these guys doing the same thing. Some are so sweet and crazy about their kids, it melts your heart. They want to show me pictures and tell me all about soccer and mathletics and Jimmy getting his driver's license. Other guys are just all business. They don't have a chink in their armor. I can respect that. I am that way a lot of the time too. I don't show my cards. If someone sees my phone with the picture of Eliza and Sally and a Christopher on it, I don't give away that they are my most favoritest creatures on the planet. I almost don't give away how fucking desperate we are to have a baby because everyone asks and then it gets uncomfortable. I don't give away that I drink diet coke with lime instead of wine at dinner like everyone else in the room. That I walk out to the ladies room and suck on my ecig for a moment of grace and sanity and serenity among the craziness that is just another dinner for most of them. I guess what it comes down to is I love my job, but I am not OF my job.
I have learned much in my 10 years here. I don't have to fight every battle. I wrote about that here.
I can appreciate and see these people for more than what they project as an image. My husband would say I probably give them more credit than they deserve, and maybe I do, but life is a lot easier that way. And isn't that the goal? Life is hard enough. We can all cut each other a break. Sigh. Can you feel that? Maybe it's all the pampering and delicious food I've eaten the past two days, but damn, it feels good to be a gangsta. Wait. What I mean is it feels good to just go through my days lately without the anxiety and the justified anger I used to carry around like a lead weight. Without the need for the constant defending of myself and what I think you need to know about me. To just exist feels pretty damn liberating. To feel confident about who I am and the work I do is gratifying. I've worked hard to get here. Yeah sure, FIGHT THE POWER and DOWN WITH THE CORPORATIONS and all that, but really? Thank you for my job and my paycheck and my benefits. I don't need to fight this anymore. It is so much more gratifying to accept it and be thankful for all I have been given.
All of this is to say, I am no big shot. I don't want to be a big shot. It tickles me to say I'm a big shot because I am a tiny little cog in the machine. And that suits me just fine today.
I save my fabulousness for my real life.