Today started out kind of grim. I've been trying to adopt a puppy. This adorable, scruffy, "perfect-for-us" puppy. She was rescued from Guatemala and nursed back to health before being shipped up to the Bay Area and put online.
The moment I saw her on the list, I fell in love. My son and I looked over her profile and decided to go for it. Waiting for emails from the foster parents was like waiting on that phone call after an amazing first date. As soon as it hit my inbox, I wanted to scream "WOOHOO!". Super wary of jinxing this, I'd been trying (pretty unsuccessfully) to keep my hopes down about this cute little girl.
A few email volleys later and Foster Mom thinks it's a good fit! We scheduled a meet & greet, the only thing left to go through were the landlord formalities. Cue the dark clouds and rain (literally). It wasn't looking good and I was waffling between, 'It's not FAIR!' and 'Come on, you have to be an adult about this...'.
CHANGE was the theme for this month's Creative Morning talk and I decided to focus on getting to Oakland for this talk (very adult of me, btw). So I get there and Jennifer Johns is Skyping from South Africa to talk about how the theme has influenced her life. She talked about the constant setbacks she's experienced and how they helped refine her passion, ultimately leading to where she is now, "Chasing the sun around the world." I seriously can't do justice to these talks and how deeply they move me each month. All I can do is sing their praises.
Oakland is my favorite Creative Morning branch because it goes so much further than a Friday morning talk about design or creativity. Oakland is the root of activism (at least in my mind) and the CM_OAK team doesn't disappoint. True to the history of Oakland, each talk I've experienced (save one or two) in the last year has successfully and passionately woven together: art, people & activism.
Like Oakland, inside me lives an unwavering need to fight for the underdog and the past year has been really challenging. I like to solve problems and often find myself in hot water when dealing with people who like to vent about problems. To be fair, they often find themselves overly tired of my tenacity. A few too many hiccups all in a row had me feeling pretty apathetic about almost everything. Coming from a family of "DO'ers" and not "Feel-Sorry-For-Yourself'ers" I powered on. I justified my situation. I have a job. I have benefits. I have a home. My son is provided for and flourishing. But mid-January, in a colorful burst of clarity, my inner Underdog Protector took over & roared "ENOUGH! If you don't live your life authentic to your dreams, WHAT'S THE POINT??"
Jennifer Johns spoke today about chasing Joy. Life usually doesn't go as planned. Sometimes your plan needs to change so you can attain your goals. Sometimes things happen that you can't plan for, and it ALL matters—it ALL counts. You change & adapt. She spoke about how the world is counting on each and every one of us to seek our own Joy. Joy is the medicine to heal the world, it's what drives us to make ourselves and each other better.
Once again, I left Pandora HQ with goose-bumps, and was motivated to Keep On Truckin' down my bumpy, unpredictable but "perfect-for-me" road.
Thank you Oakland!