Took myself to the AZ Best Fest today, celebrating Arizona’s 100th birthday.
I went specifically to see Martha Beck, an author I very much look up to and aspire to be like. Her message is incredible, straight-forward, passionate, unembarrassed, courageous, authentic, funny, normal and yet pushing people to think bigger and further with every article. Also the avenues by which she’s successful– writing books, magazine columns, coaching clients, public speaking– all of those are on my list too.
Anyway, it was super cool.. a small gathering that really allowed a fairly personal feeling to the whole thing.. I got to ask my question from the audience, and I even got to meet her! Now, if any of you know my Weird Al meeting story, let’s just say that meeting my idols is not a strong suit of mine.
As cool as I appear to be other times, let’s just say there are definitely times when I am supremely uncool. Today of course was one of them.
Or at least felt like one of them.
Thank God I had on a cute outfit (which I totally bought in an over-excited/nervous haze before going to the event). SO, it is very possible that I came off as a crazed stalker weirdo with great fashion sense (Again. See: Weird Al story). But, I’m guessing she’s cool and kind and didn’t think twice.
Anyway, the big take-away is not that I bought a bulky $30 hard-cover book that I could’ve bought for $11 electronically, but that I walked out of there spilling with emotion. It was like I got a glimpse of the path I’m ready to walk down, and it was a big f*cking deal internally. One might even call it an epiphany. Actually, I would. I would call it that.
Whenever emotion comes up inside us over anything, it’s a powerful message trying to talk to us, trying to steer us back to our purpose. Whenever that happens… listen.