Tuesday, June 21, 2011

1 UP

There are times in your life when you sit back and realize that somewhere in your youth or childhood, you must have done something good. Not just pretty song lyrics people. Real life here. I've already written about the fact that I'm 28 now but it stands to be mentioned that the three weeks surrounding the anniversary of my birth were full of reminder after reminder that I am loved, that I  am blessed and that I have the best support system a guy can ask for.

First, my oldest friend in the world came in town and while our lives have taken two very different turns over the past couple years, we are still able to pick up right where we left off and keep going like we just saw each other yesterday. It's an incredible blessing to have people who can be, for lack of a better term, sporadically constant.

Then, my dad and my aunt were in town for a week and I got to show them "my New York." There's such a difference between what the tourists see here and what locals actually experience. There is so much life to be experienced in this city and by just sticking with touristy places, you miss so much of that. It's like only watching the big episodes of TV shows. Right? The people who just watch the episodes with guest stars on them or series finales. You are missing the real meat of the show. Having them here was really wonderful.

Then, my best bud from Nashville came and we had, what can only be termed "Best Weekend Ever Part Two." You know, the Hangover guys think they have wild weekends but really, we kinda have them beat. And the best part is, we can actually remember what happens in our weekends. We certainly know how to pack a weekend full of food and ridiculous amounts of fun...and Zone bars.

Last night, I was talking to a friend of mine about New York and I said it's the best city in the world. He said "You think so?" Yes. The answer is a very clear, very pronounced yes. Where else can you have food from literally any country in the world all in one city? Where can you see any matter of live music or performance any day of the week? And not only that, but the Broadway community expands much further than just those theaters. From going to Broadway Bares to support raising money for people who are living with HIV and AIDS to the Broadway Inspirational Voices singing the most amazing black gospel music you've ever heard, this city is full of amazing opportunities to experience life.

The moral of the story is simple. I have never felt so full of life. I've never felt so driven. I've never felt so determined. I've never felt so loved. I've never felt more on the right track. I've never felt more myself than I do now after these spectacular three weeks of nouns. Not to mention I feel so creatively refueled after seeing the above shows, Billy Elliot and Priscilla. I've felt kinda depleted in the creativity department as of late so this was really an amazing 1 UP for me. And let's be honest. Who doesn't love reading through all the birthday well-wishes on their Facebook page and getting texts all day from your friends. Who doesn't love that?

Please tell me you got the nouns reference. People, places and things? It works.

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