One of my previous jobs was at Red Robin, the restaurant chain with a robin mascot named Red that walks around occasionally. One of the day’s I was working, the usually person who dressed as Red called out sick, and they asked me to fill in. Being a Yes man/woman I agreed, and also because I didn’t have much of a choice. I was taken to the break room and given clown shoes, yellow tights, a furry bird body with a rounded belly, and a large head with an extended yellow beak where I looked out of. I put the suit on and was lead throughout the restaurant. You should know, either mascots are particularly good at their craft, or they have had years of practice. Either way they make it look much easier than it actually is. What most people take for granted while enjoying a nice meet and greet from Red, the Red Robin, is that he/she is wearing a head estimated to be 20 pounds with tunnel vision and shoes 3 sizes too big.
However after awhile in the suit, I started to feel increasingly more confident. I realized that wearing this suit was like wearing the invisibility cloak from the Harry Potter movies, something I had always wanted to experience. So I shamelessly started dancing, and throwing around high fives to all who entered. At one point a young girl came through the doors and was so excited to see me. I remember thinking “what the heck, let me make her day”, so I bent down and threw my arms out for her to give me a hug. Unfortunately this moment was not something you would see during the 7th inning stretch at a baseball game. She ran full force at me, but stopped short when she hit her head square off my extended beak. It’s hard to explain what the moment was like from inside the mascot head, but the sound was similar to a bird flying into a screen door. All went unseen by her family, who were talking to the hostess as everything went on. So I jumped up brushed off her head with my furry gloved hand and shuffled her along to follow her parents to be seated.
I kept this gem of a story to myself, mostly because I couldn’t tell my coworkers because birds can’t talk and I forgot by the time I took the suit off. But when I remember a good awkward moment like this, what better place to share it then the internet. Hope you enjoy.
Please note: this picture is not me, but the same costume I wore.
It has taken me years to learn that one of the key aspects to being happy, is accepting myself. I don’t know why it’s been so hard for me to understand. When we focus on what needs work, it is easy to forget what is working.
I haven’t had much trouble accepting myself lately, because things are going really well in my life. There are a few opportunities that are popping up that make me feel particularly excited and proud of where I am.
However learning to accept yourself is a process, and a tricky one in fact. Acceptance is easy when things are great, but the hurdle is accepting yourself when things are going poorly.
With this New Year, I set out not with a list of things i’d like to fix about myself but rather in an effort to accept myself flaws and all. To appreciate the woman I have grown into and become comfortable with that. I believe that if I learn to become my own best friend now at a high point in my life, I will then have less of a chance of losing this friendship if things get tough.
With that said, I will end this post with my mantra for 2014. I picked the quote below because 2013 was about learning who I was and trying to fulfill this idea of what I should be. For 2014 I plan to accept who I am and lead a more assertive life in directions that feel right to me.
So cheers to a Happy New Year…
1. Doesn’t wear deodorant
2. Takes selfies (more than a normal amount)
3. Orders an ice cream cone with sprinkles…sorry. So little boyish
4. Was ever involved in a gang
5. Listens to Jack Johnson
6. If he asks you out on Facebook
7. Wears short shorts (never really a need for that)
8. Goes shirtless anywhere but the beach, near the beach, or when working outdoors
9. If he straightens his hair regularly
10. Doesn’t order food when he offers to take you out for food. Like what’s your deal dude.
11. If he brings up what he got on his SATs, without an appropriate segway to this topic in the conversation.
12. If he has any interest what so ever in segways
13. Drives recklessly
14. Acts into every other attractive girl before you
15. Never laughs or nervous laugher
16. Pokes you on Facebook (worst)
17. Comments on how much you eat
18. Gossips. Save it for the ladies please.
19. Wears a fedora
20. Owns anything Gucci
A short day trip to Jim Thorpe, a cute little town surrounded by mountains.
A collection of photos from my trip to London this summer. One of the coolest places I’ve ever been. I’d move there tomorrow if I got the chance.
For a brief update from where we left off, I am back at home in Pennsylvania. I kicked off a new semester at a new school a few weeks ago. Am I crazy for transferring three times? That’s debatable! Although, I may have uncovered a method to my madness, so I took to Boho to explain…
I came to the realization that I don’t like to settle, as snoody as that sounds. I believe life is too short to settle in some situations. I understand that at times life is about coming to terms with what we have. However, if we are able to change some small things that will help our happiness, whats holding us back?
I think a lot of times, the answer to that is fear. Fear holds us back. I don’t want to be a frail old woman and feels slighted because I feared life. I want to grab life by the horns and face it head on.
I want to start every new adventures in my life, with an overwhelming sense of excitement, and when I lose that, I’ll just start over. Coming to terms with what we have in life, doesn’t mean losing our curiosity for life. Remember that.