My Final Cut Pro editing class consists of all men except for me and another woman. The dynamic of the class goes as follows:
Overheard from the women in class:
“It’s so cold in here.”
“Can you go over that cut again? I don’t understand it”
“Ugh. I’m still looking for the pen in my purse.”
“Excuse me, I have to use the bathroom.”
“Can you explain that cut again?”
“I need help.”
“Yes! The audio and picture finally sync!”
“How do we get better at this?”
Snorting and laughter. (Snorting from yours truly)
Overheard from the men:
Waiter: “Ma’am, do you need me to bring you something?”
Me: “Oh, no. Sorry. I was just dancing.”
Thanks, Zumba. You help keep everyone on their toes around me.
A dear friend of mine brought this letter to my attention today. It’s a letter written by W.E.B. Dubois to his daughter when she first left to college in 1914. This was before women were allowed to vote and the Civil Rights Movement – you can imagine social and political climate this young girl face at her school. He wrote to her some of the most poignant life advice I’ve read in a long time:
.”..Above all remember, dear, that you have a great opportunity. You are in one of the world’s best schools, in one of the world’s greatest modern empires. Millions of boys and girls all over this world would give almost anything they possess to be where you are. You are there by no desert or merit of yours, but only by lucky chance.
Deserve it, then. Study, do your work. Be honest, frank and fearless and get some grasp of the real values of life. You will meet, of course, curious little annoyances. People will wonder at your dear brown and the sweet crinkley hair. But that simply is of no importance and will soon be forgotten. Remember that most folk laugh at anything unusual, whether it is beautiful, fine or not. You, however, must not laugh at yourself. You must know that brown is as pretty as white or prettier and crinkley hair as straight even though it is harder to comb. The main thing is the YOU beneath the clothes and skin — the ability to do, the will to conquer, the determination to understand and know this great, wonderful, curious world. Don’t shrink from new experiences and custom. Take the cold bath bravely. Enter into the spirit of your big bed-room. Enjoy what is and not pine for what is not. Read some good, heavy, serious books just for discipline: Take yourself in hand and master yourself. Make yourself do unpleasant things, so as to gain the upper hand of your soul.”
My favorite thing in the world are professional titles. Especially “consultant.” Everyone is a consultant nowadays. I’m a consultant too- on food, where to get earrings under $10 and pictures of Tom Hardy’s lips. If you ever get down about not having a fancy title or that somehow having a more “lofty” title determines your worth, please think again. If you have a noble job and work hard, a title should not define how you see yourself as a person. In my heart I’m the boss and VP of so many different things. I encourage you to play around with titles and make your own like I’ve done. The best part of it all? You can also promote and demote yourself as often as you like:
My Current Job Titles:
Senior Closet Dancer
VP of Hugs
Principal Engineer of Solo Dance Parties in Public Restrooms
Chief Beyonce Enthusiast
President of People Who Laugh Silently
Manager of Awkward Small Talk in Confined Places
Director of Sugar Consumption
Co-Founder of My Current Life Path
Specialist at Sticking My Foot in My Mouth
The list goes on and on. I hope you play along too, and see how silly it is to take these things to heart. Unless you are President of the United States- then you should take the title seriously.
Happy 35th day to my sweet blog! She’s on her way to being a “big girl” and is super alert already! Her hobbies include being shared on the internet and read by every member of her family. She can’t quite sit up yet, and has a hard time pronouncing certain words but she keeps Mommy very busy even when she wants to throw in the towel. Her favorite time to play is between the hours of 9:30-10:30pm…just as Mommy is getting ready to go to bed. She loves to keep Grandma busy, too- Grandma constantly asks about her! You may be a little tyke, and a little messy sometimes, but you are wise beyond years already!
Let’s remember on International Women’s Day that are we here to support each other- not compete with one another. Lift one another up and make space for each other. Society can do a good job at making us feel like we’re not enough as we are. That we’re not pretty enough, skinny enough, maternal enough. Stay-at-home mothers get criticized. Working mothers get criticized. Childless women get criticized. Career-oriented women get criticized. Successful women get criticized. Undocumented women get criticized. The working poor are overlooked. The list goes on and on. Let’s never forget the social power we have and the strength we gain in supporting each other. Let’s never overlook how much we can rise if we choose to support and believe in another. Rise up and rise together.
Support and love your fellow sisters all around the world every day; I know I’ll be supporting mine.
10 Things Men Never Hear From the Opposite Sex:
- “Wow, I can’t believe you’re funny.”
- “It’s nice you’re not shy about eating – most men are.”
- Discussion of a current event is met with “I’m surprised you know that.”
- “Do you ever date people that are shorter than you?”
- “You’re look so exotic. Like J. Lo”
- “You don’t like to shop? That’s so weird.”
- “I don’t date men above the age of 32. I can get 23 year old men.”
- “I thought you looked mean, but then realized you’re focused on your work”
- “Love the attitude – so sassy!”
- “I can tell you’re one of those independent men, but down to earth at the same time.”
A bonus and my personal favorite:
11. “Damn, boo! Don’t walk so fast – I’m just trying to be your friend.”
When I tell my Dad I spent the day scouting coffee shops and asking managers for permission to film my next project in their establishment? His response:
“Yackie, tell them your show will be on Telemundo. They’ll let you film it then.”
‘Twas a good Sunday, indeed.
I am late writing this but let’s just say today confirmed if you have a warm home to go home too, you are luckier than a lot of people. Don’t ever take that for granted.